What Should You Know About Mental Toughness?
Over the past couple of years, I had the chance to coach a lot of players and one thing that I can tell you without any reservations is that all of the best players were all mentally tough. It is certain a hard concept to talk about, but then again, if you see one yourself, then you will know it right away. To make my point clear, not all of the best athletes are mentally tough. And not all of the players in a league are mentally tough and there are even a whole heap of players who were not able to enter any huge leagues and are mentally tough. It is not all about the ability, I was able to coach a lot of great athletes who did not have any clues about being mentally tough and would able to unfold it under great stress. 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.
But then again, I was also able to witness a lot of players who have average skills, but then again, are mentally tough, perform in manners that no one though they could execute. 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. In fact, the bigger the pressure that is placed on these mentally tough players, then the better they tend to perform during competitions.
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. Preparation for mentally toughness starts with experiences at a very 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. Having a disciplined education system that has high expectations as well as great classroom rules together with fair but tough coaches or mentors who has positive mindsets is vital to developing a child in the mental aspect 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.