Now that you better understand what achievement motivation and competitiveness involve and how they develop and influence psychological states, you can draw implications for professional sports psychology and coaching practice. To help you consolidate your understanding, we now discuss methods you can use to help the people you work with.
Recognize Interactional Factors in Achievement Motivation
You now know that the interaction of personal and situational factors influences the motivation that particular students, athletes, and exercisers have to achieve. What should you watch for to guide your practice? Essentially, you assess:
- the participants’ stages of achievement motivation,
- their goal orientations,
- attributions they typically make about their performances, and
- situations they tend to approach or avoid.