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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 just about the capability, I was able to work with a whole heap of prominent athletes who did not have an inkling about being mentally tough and were able to unfold it once they are placed in a great pressure. They can execute so well if there is nothing on the line, on the other hand, if the game is pretty much equal, they have a great tendency to 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 actual fact, the larger the pressure that is given to these players who are mentally tough, then the better they tend to execute during competitions.

One thing that I was able to understand with experience is that mental toughness is not something you get in your DNA, but then again, it is something that you develop over time due to constant exposure to different adverse situations. Preparation for mentally toughness starts with experiences at a very young age. Parents can play a vital role to start the process of training mentally toughness, on the other hand, they will be needing assistance as time goes on. Having a disciplined educational system that has great classroom rules as well as high expectation and coaches or trainers who are tough but fair with positive mindsets are crucial to developing the child in the mental area 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.


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