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. And to clear my point, not all of the renowned athletes are mentally tough. Not all of the league players are mentally tough and there are even a whole heap of players who were not able to make it to large leagues who have a prominent mentally toughness. 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 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 being mentally tough is actually not inculcated in the DNA genes, on the other hand, it is something that you develop as time goes on and with the exposure to various adverse circumstances. 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. 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 essential for all of the kids to be included in a balanced and coordinated extracurricular activities at their young age.