Mental toughness isn’t something you’re born with it’s something you learn or something you practice until it becomes natural to you. What does this mean? It means that every athlete can increase their mental strength, and I’m going to give you the five pillars that will help you do it. The five pillars are outlined below, and each one will lead to greater success on the field or on-court without question. Let’s get started.

Resiliency

What does mental toughness really mean? When someone is mentally tough, it means they possess three distinct qualities: resiliency, poise, and composure. Resiliency comes from being flexible enough to withstand unexpected adversity and bounce back after failure. Poise involves one’s ability to find calm when competing or under stress. And composure is demonstrated by knowing how to control strong emotions and keep them from clouding judgment during a stressful moment. All three characteristics together create mental toughness in athletes who refuse to quit no matter what kind of pressure they are under. Being mentally tough is not just an intangible quality that certain people have while others don’t; it’s a skill that can be taught through dedicated practice at any age or stage in life.

Focus

The ability to direct your attention to certain tasks and block out other distractions is a trait that many athletes and people work hard to develop. When you’re trying to perform well, it’s important to focus on positive thoughts and visualize what you want. But more than just positive thinking, mental toughness involves pushing through challenges, developing grit, and building an attitude of never giving up. Here are five strategies that can help athletes gain mental toughness

Adversity

It’s inevitable that adversity will come. Whether it’s an injury, an illness, or a bad tournament, it’s going to happen. So how do you deal with it? The first step is understanding that when something negative happens, you have two choices: You can either let it define you or learn from it and move on stronger than before.

Performance Management

If your Cric Gator goal is to be mentally tough, you need to seek out every opportunity for performance management. You need feedback on how you’re doing and what’s working so that you can learn from your experiences and improve. Not only will performance management help keep you on track, but it will also help build a level of accountability and responsibility that can aid your mental toughness. Start by asking yourself some questions about Cricgator: What do I want to achieve? Who will help me achieve it? What kind of support do I need? What am I willing to sacrifice? How often do I need feedback or check-ins? What resources can I use to stay accountable?

Positivity

The first pillar is positivity. The clichéd adage thinks positive may be trite, but it rings true for a reason: Negative self-talk is one of our biggest enemies and we need to fight against it with every weapon at our disposal. Our internal voice plays a huge role in how we feel and perform, so if you’re feeling like you can’t do something or that something will be difficult, don’t believe yourself. Think about what your mind says about your workout partner or teammates; chances are you have no problems believing they’ll succeed because their thoughts are positive. Be that person for yourself and turn your inner pessimist into an optimist who believes anything is possible.