Monday, June 16, 2008

Preparation, Hard Work and Athletic Success, II

Positive mental attitude is critical to succeed in sports. A big part of my physical training for athletes is talking to them about the "head games" involved in competing on a high level.

Here is an exerpt from part 1:

"There is no substitute for preparation and hard work when it comes to succeeding in your sport! All other things being equal, the athlete or team that has prepared and worked harder will win (9 out of 10 times)!

Preparation and hard work will also give an athlete or team one of the most important ingredients it takes to succeed---CONFIDENCE! Self confidence takes away much of the anxiety that comes with competing on a high level. Self confidence allows the athlete to enjoy the sport and compete to win."

If you have watched Tiger Woods this past weekend, you see mental toughness personified! His knee is not 100% healthy. Besides this fact, he is mentally tougher than his competitors! He knows it and his opponents know it! His attitude is this "I'm better than you in this sport of golf."

To top it off, he also works harder than his competitors. This doesn't guarantee a win for him every time out but he wins more often than any other golfer. And, non-golfers like me are intrigued enough to tune in and watch Tiger play. Let's see if he wins the playoff with Rocco Mediate today.

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