PERFORMANCE YOGA – 01.26.15 (Mental Toughness: Build Your Inner-Strength Bank Account)

Our minds are mean.  People are rude.  Our minds are self-destructive.  People can cut to our core.  

It is so easy to fall into a depressive, self-loathing state through our own thoughts of the past and potential future.  It is even easier to do it when it is compounded by others.  Mental toughness is the skill that truly defines a successful athlete and a powerful human.  

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ – Muhammad Ali

Our struggles develop us through each new moment.  We are not defined by our past, but by our choices in the present moment.  So I ask … how tough are we?  Not physically … but mentally.  Can we lose and get back up?  Can we fall and get back up?  Can we get bruised and try again?  Can we let go of each failure and look at this next attempt as the moment a struggle becomes a strength?  

Mental toughness takes into account each answer to these questions.  Will we deposit more than we withdraw?

Mental Toughness: Build Your Inner-Strength Bank Account

“Mental toughness does not entail clenching your teeth, trying harder, thinking more, straining your eyes to focus, or having someone scream ‘Be Tough!’ at you.  Mental toughness is the ability to remain positive and proactive in the most adverse of circumstances.

Mental toughness is built on doing the thing that is hard over and over again, especially when you don’t feel like doing it.  Push through on your down days when you are not feeling your best.  Distraction, discomfort, and difficulties are no match for the champion.

This dogged determination requires keeping your feet moving forward through inconveniences, substantial discomfort, and insecurities to reach your top goal.  When you want something really badly, don’t give up until you’ve got it.

Mental toughness can be demonstrated at a particular moment in time or over the long term, as in your overall career success.  Doing the thing that is hard over and over again is like depositing money in your inner-strength bank account.”

BOOK – “The Champion’s Mind:  How Great Athletes think, train and thrive.” by Jim Afremow  (BUY IT!)

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