Mental Toughness

As important as your athletic training is your Mental Toughness.  There’s considerable debate and discussion surrounding this topic, but the term is one that I can really connect with.

A study from Penn State University resulted in the following definition:  Mental toughness is having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to:  Generally cope better than your opponents with the many demands (e.g., competition, training, lifestyle) that are placed on you as a performer.  Specifically, to be more consistent and better than your opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, resilient, and in control under pressure.

Here are a few links to other perspectives on Mental Toughness:

The NAVY Way:  http://www.mentalgamecoach.com/articles/MentalToughnessTheNavyWay.html

Penn State:  http://www.mascsa.psu.edu/dave/Mental-Toughness.pdf

Livestrong: http://www.livestrong.com/article/152407-mental-toughness-secrets/