What is Mental Toughness and Why is it Necessary?
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. 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. 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 have also witnessed a whole heap of players who only possess average skills, on the other hand, are incredibly mentally tough and were able to perform in ways that not a single person 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. 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. 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.
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