Mental Toughness - The Mindset Behind Sporting Achievement

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mental toughness is a personality style and mindset.

Nothing on earth can stop the man with the right mental attitude; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

-- Thomas Jefferson

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

-- Sun Tzu

What we call results are beginnings.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

-- Eleanor Roosevelt

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson

Character and self-control.

-- Marcus Aurelius

They can, those who think they can.

-- Virgil

The Mental Toughness Code

With clarity of mind and firmness of purpose, mentally tough performers aspire to be great.

Champions do the ordinary things better than anyone else. They make fewer mistakes and possess a work ethic, winning mentality, and self-confidence. Mentally tough performers refuse to be intimidated; instead, they intimidate the opposition with their presence.

Character also matters. Compete with talent, enthusiasm, guts, dignity, and integrity. Mentally tough athletes do not dwell on defeat, but, rather, accept losing as an inevit- able consequence of meeting someone better on a particular day. In defeat, they remain gracious. They remain positive about the future. They believe in themselves and in all they can achieve.

Ultimately, we are responsible for our success. And we measure success by the experiences we live.

1 Introducing mental toughness

A leader is a dealer in hope.

-- Napoleon Bonaparte


Sport’s essence is competition.
Mental toughness is just as important as natural talent.
A big percentage of the game is played in your head.
sport is about the revealing of character and inner spirit as much as it is about technical brilliance.
It’s important your mind is as strong as your body. Boxing makes demands of you that no other sport does. The real battlefield is in the mind, not in the gym or on the road.
Success in any sport starts in the mind.

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