The Important Points to Learn About Mental Toughness
For the past couple of years, I was given the opportunity to teach and coach a great deal of players and one thing that I can share to you without any reservations is that the best players were all mentally tough. This concept is just hard to explain until you witness it yourself, on the other hand, it is obvious when you see a certain athlete who has it. And to clear my point, not all of the renowned athletes are mentally tough. Not each and every huge player is mentally tough and there are a lot who never made it to huge leagues that have remarkable mentally toughness. It is not all about the ability of the player, I was able to work with a great deal of remarkable athletes who did not have any idea about being mentally tough and would just discover it once they are placed under great stress or pressure. They can perform well if there is nothing on the line, but then again, if the game is somewhat equal, they have a tendency to usually fail.
On the other hand, I was also able to observe a great deal of players who have average skills but then again are mentally tough and were able to execute in ways that no one thought they could do. A clutch hit, a great defensive play, and a key blunt that averted a rally, the mentally tough players were able to execute a job well done. As a matter of fact, the greater the pressure that are placed in them, then the better they do well in the competition.
One thing that I was able to realize with experience is that mentally toughness is not something that is embedded on the genes of a certain individual, on the other hand, it is something that you develop as time goes on and exposure to various adverse conditions. Keep in mind that preparation for mental toughness would start at a young age. Without question, parents definitely have a critical role to play in the start of the process to train for mental toughness, but then again, they will be requiring some hand as time goes on. An orderly educational system that has good classroom rules and high expectations, along with tough, but then again, fair mentors or coaches with a positive mindset is important to having a child who is mentally tough regardless whether they are an athlete or not.
And this is one of the many reasons why it is crucial for all the kids to be involved in a balanced and organized extracurricular activities at their young age.