Mental Toughness, Part One (what characteristics define mental toughness)


What does it mean to be mentally tough? How can someone become more mentally tough?

This will be a two part blog. In Part one I will answer the question of what in means to be mentally tough- the characteristics that define mental toughness. In part two I will answer the question of how someone can become more mentally tough- the necessary steps and tools that a person must acquire and practice if they want to increase mental toughness.

Mental Toughness, Part One- What are the characteristics that define mental toughness?

I believe that there are 5 characteristics that define an individual who is mentally tough-

1. They are in control of their thoughts.

2. They always give their best effort.

3. They do not fear failure.

4. They are able to overcome adversity.

5. They always compete to the best of their abilities.

Let's explore each of these characteristics a little further...

Mentally tough individuals are in control of their thoughts. No matter what the circumstances, an individual that is mentally tough is able to focus on the present moment. They are able to eliminate unwanted and unnecessary thoughts. They are able to focus on the task at hand. Having the ability to control ones thoughts also allows a mentally tough individual the ability to control their physical state. Their heart rate is never too high, or too low. They are in a state, both emotionally and physically, that will allow them the greatest chance for success.

Mentally tough individuals always give their best effort. They understand that they will maximize their personal development if they always give their best. Whether it be in practices, in games, in times of fatigue, in times of stress, or in times of potential failure, the most mentally tough individuals always push themselves to give their best effort.

Mentally tough individuals do not fear failure. They understand that failure leads to growth, and that a fear of failure can lead to complacency and stagnation. They know that they must challenge their limits and weaknesses if they want to continuously develop to the best of their abilities.

Mentally tough individuals are able to overcome adversity. They see obstacles as opportunities, opportunities to learn and grow. They understand that the path to optimal development will be filled with challenges, challenges that can make them stronger.

Mentally tough individuals always compete to the best of their abilities. Competing to the best of ones abilities is the ability to use the first four characteristics during competition. During competition mentally tough individuals are in control of their thoughts. They always giving their best effort. They attack situations in which they may fail. They overcome adversity. Mentally tough individuals are able to compete no matter what the score, no matter what the competition offers, and no matter what outside influences persist.

Part Two Coming Soon...

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