By David da Silva, Mental Conditioning Specialist, Athletic & Personal Development program
Below you will find a few short examples or determinants that are easily understandable no matter what sport you play. This is the third of a three part series that gets you started on the road to success!
A MENTALLY TOUGH ATHLETE knows failure will TEST him or her, but will NOT STOP him or her. Everybody else has already stopped and he fails to test the next challenge.
Babe Ruth is a famous example of someone who failed many, many times, but made his mark by attaining success beyond failure. He struck out 1330 times in his career, but managed to hit 714 home runs, a record that stood until 1974. Making mistakes make you better, mentally tough athletes realize this. The following quote is a favorite in this regard, âLosers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.â
A MENTALLY TOUGH ATHLETE feels so CONFIDENT and STRONG. Everybody else talks like he/she is strong and confident.
Boxers and martial artists typify this statement. The psychological warfare demands that they project an image of resilience and belief, but interestingly the feelings resonated deep within to become confident and strong carry over to the point where they walk the walk. Muhammed Ali stated at 21 years old after his first fight that he was the greatest, in fact he said he was the double greatest. But with repetition of this confident and strong thought, he created the belief and his constant repetition of this statement enabled him to fulfill this prophecy through his actions.
A MENTALLY TOUGH ATHLETE runs for EVERY BALL. Everybody else says, âI know it was out. It was too far away from meâ
Relentless tenacity and persistence are one of the essential hallmarks of mentally tough athletes. Think Kobe jumping into the crowd to retrieve a ball, think Nadal perilously hitting a cross court winner outside of the court, think Messi retrieving a ball at an impossible angle to score the game winner. Out of bounds, out of reach, out of play is not an option, it is not even a thought of the greats.
A MENTALLY TOUGH ATHLETE BELIEVES he or she CAN DO IT. Everybody else hopes they can.
Belief is one of the key separating factors from the good and the great. Hear any mentally tough athlete and there is a seemingly insurmountable belief that they have in being successful, no matter what. Everybody hopes, but hope is not a bad thing. It is just that hope without action doesn't create the way forward.
Take these four points into account and ask yourself, âAm I mentally tough or like everybody else?â The truth is we never reach mental toughness and simply stay there, we need to always look for opportunities and situations to prove that we can be consistently mentally tough. Your challenge now is to go out there and prove you can separate yourself from the packâ¦start today!