Lately I have been following #MentalToughness on Twitter and have been very disappointed with what I have been seeing. Athletes and even coaches talking about running until they make themselves sick or getting up in the middle of the night to take an ice bath. Anything you do physically will not increase your mental toughness. It may show that you have it, or break you if you don’t but it won’t change it. Increasing your mental toughness is about changing how your mind works in stressful situations and where your focus is. When I give presentations on this subject one of the skills I teach is the difference between evaluation and performance. Evaluation is looking backwards to determine how something went and how it might be improved or repeated. Performance is about looking forward and actually doing something. Your brain can only do one at a time. However, how often have you thought in the middle of a game “that was dumb; I wonder if coach is going to pull me out of the game” or “that was great; I wonder if I can do that again”? Those are evaluation thoughts. To perform at your peak you need to being thinking exclusively about what you need to do in the next 10 seconds.
I hope you find that tips on increasing your mental toughness helpful. If you have a question or a topic you would like me to address, feel free to email me at [email protected], comment below or use the contact us page. I look forward to seeing you in future videos and I wish you the most from your potential.
Totally a side note – how can it be that in all three thumbnails for this week’s video my eyes were closed?!?!