Study: My Understanding of Wellness

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What is Mental Toughness and Why is it Necessary?

For the past couple of years, I was given the opportunity to teach and coach a great deal of players and one thing that I can share to you without any reservations is that the best players were all mentally tough. It is definitely a difficult concept to explicate until you see it yourself, on the other hand, it is obvious when you see a player who has it. And to make my point clearer, not all of the famous and prominent athletes are mentally tough. Not all of the league players are mentally tough and there are even a whole heap of players who were not able to make it to large leagues who have a prominent mentally toughness. It is not all about the ability, I was able to coach a lot of great athletes who did not have any clues about being mentally tough and would able to unfold it under great stress. They can execute so well if there is nothing on the line, on the other hand, if the game is pretty much equal, they have a great tendency to fail.

On the other hand, I was also able to observe a great deal of players who have average skills but then again are mentally tough and were able to execute in ways that no one thought they could do. A great defensive, a key blunt, a clutch hit play that halt a rally, the mentally tough players were able to do a great job. In fact, the bigger the pressure that is placed on these mentally tough players, then the better they tend to perform during competitions.

One thing that I was able to realize with experience is that mentally toughness is not something that is embedded on the genes of a certain individual, on the other hand, it is something that you develop as time goes on and exposure to various adverse conditions. Keep in mind that preparation for mental toughness would start at a young age. Without question, parents definitely have a critical role to play in the start of the process to train for mental toughness, but then again, they will be requiring some hand as time goes on. Having a disciplined education system that has high expectations as well as great classroom rules together with fair but tough coaches or mentors who has positive mindsets is vital to developing a child in the mental aspect whether they are an athlete or not.

And this is one of the many reasons why it is crucial for all the kids to be involved in a balanced and organized extracurricular activities at their young age.

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