I was asked the other day if I was suffering from a lack of motivation. In April the answer would have been an emphatic yes. But now that my life and work are 95% back to a REAL normal, (not this new normal BS), I have 0 motivational issues.
We do ourselves a great injustice when we put down sports. The reality is professional and collegiate athletes that are successful work incredibly hard. Even the ones we think don't. But we don't always see it and thus we think it's easy when in reality, even the most talented that make it look easy work harder than most people realize.
Be the example to your students and your community. Call out the hard workers and make work fun. Make rehearsals a place they want to be rather than someplace they have to be.