The Prerequisite for Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness
Mental Toughness
How do you think you would do in the area of exercising mental toughness?

It is easy to sit back and analyze another person’s performance, and say what you would do if you were in their situation. The truth of the matter is, if you have never been there or been trained for certain situations, you have no clue as to how you would respond under such severe mental pressure. Sometimes we are unable to change our environment to manage stress – this may be the case where we do not have the power to change a situation. Therefore, a person must learn to adapt and improvise in order to overcome the mental challenges and to have the best possible chance of succeeding. This is only accomplished with training.

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Understanding the Power of Endurance

A good coach is simply a good teacher. When you are instructing a student, you are teaching them standards. Just about everything we do in life is either learning or teaching. You do not teach standards by lowering them.

I have had men and women in my life that taught me the basics of life without compromising my development. Today, it is not difficult to find teachers who can see in a student the potential to do better when they have low scholastic scores. The problems exist when the school system lowers their standards to accommodate the students’ deficiencies.

When this occurs, the student is not challenged to grasp beyond the information contained within the limits of his or her school textbooks. This reality, coupled with the lack of parental involvement at home and other domestic problems, could very well be the initial developmental stages of incompetent thinking. However, even this mountain of circumstances can be overcome with the right mentoring and nurturing of a good teacher.

I mentor and guide young men who have had horrific childhood experiences, and yet have still beaten the odds. Growing up without a father is just one of many excuses that young men use to justify their lack of passion and willingness to succeed in life. Do not blame your inappropriate thinking on your negative home experiences. Blame yourself.

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years incarcerated in a South African prison for fighting against an Apartheid system that stripped South African blacks of their basic human rights. Upon his release from prison, it was evident that he remained just as focused for the cause that he so fervently fought against while he was incarcerated. When you are under adverse circumstances, you must become better, not bitter.

Nelson Mandela displayed no signs of hatred or bitterness. What is more remarkable is that it literally took 27 years for him to turn a negative situation into a positive one. His persistence to maintain his posture while in prison made him the first president of a democratic South Africa, and the first black president of his nation. What he accomplished was virtually impossible.

His endurance turned the odds in his favor. Perseverance will always outlast persecution. Four years after his release from imprisonment by a nation that wanted to sentence him to death, the world watched him emerge as the leader of that same nation.

You can decide to become bitter or to become better when justice does not seem to find its way into your life. However, if you will stay the course, eventually serenity will outlast skepticism.