I’ve been constantly traveling back and forth this week watching some of the best teams and athletes compete for the Maine State Championship for their respected class.
I’ve noticed a similar trait most of the advancing teams have, and that’s a mentally tough or resilient team/players/leaders. These teams, just like every other, has missed easy shots, had bad calls, or played a team who went on a run. Instead of breaking down and complaining, pouting, or quitting, they stay focused, keep doing the little things needed to win, stay together, stay positive, stay controlled, and poised.
So what makes a mentally tough person, leader, or player? It’s guaranteed that you will be challenged and let’s be real, nothing truly significant like a championship, banner, or trophy comes easy. Chances are, you will face a challenge and being mental tough is needed to overcome those challenges, keep your team together through tough times, and become a winner. Here are some of the qualities to focus on and become that I’ve picked up from some of the most mentally tough teams.
1. Don’t dwell on the past.
2. Don’t make excuses when you mess up.
3. Don’t blame others even if it is their fault. Take accountability and responsibility.
4. Don’t worry about pleasing everyone. Do the best you can and give 100%.
5. Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself when you mess up.
6. Don’t waste energy on things you can’t control.
7. Don’t let others influence your emotions negatively.
8. Don’t resent others success, especially teammates.
9. Don’t shy away from responsibilities. Know your role, and make sure you dominate that roll.
10. Don’t quit or give up after a mistake or failure.
11. Don’t fear risks.
Be tough, mentally tough.
Until next time,