Today, we’re talking about a crucial discipline we teach across our summer courses — mental toughness.
When athletes ask me how to become more mentally tough, I ask them this question:
What percentage of the time do you train physically vs. mentally?
I tend to hear the same responses over and over. Less than 5% of training time is spent on the mind. It’s like a muscle. If you don’t train it, it doesn’t grow. You don’t become more mentally tough by just wanting it, much like you don’t become a millionaire by merely hoping.
On the other hand, if you do train it, you give yourself a great chance to become a more focused, productive, and successful basketball player. Here are three ways to train your mental toughness.
When you show appreciation for things in your life, it changes who you are. Studies show you can’t simultaneously be grateful and fearful or grateful and stressed. If you want to become more mentally tough, practice gratitude.
2. Fill yourself with positivity
Read more inspirational quotes. As you do this, you’ll begin to practice an attitude of positivity. One that will make you stronger on the inside and help you be more mentally tough.
3. Clear the air daily
Turn off the phone, set the iPad down, close the computer. Find alone time. If you spend ten minutes in silence every day. You’ll relieve the stress to your body and improve the creativity in your brain that will make you more mentally tough.
Becoming mentally tough requires a commitment to consistency. As Jacob Riis said, “look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow, it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”
Join us at a Playmaker College camp this summer to discover how to be the smartest player on the floor while developing the mental toughness, habits and focus necessary for greatness, both on the court and in life.
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Athletes, this is for you. We all want to play more minutes, have more fun, and win more games. But there’s a big problem that we all succumb to that’s holding us back from reaching our full potential.
PGC Basketball provides intense, no-nonsense basketball training for players and coaches. Our basketball camps are designed to teach players of all positions to play smart basketball, be coaches on the court, and be leaders in practices, games and in everyday life.
We combine our unique PGC culture with a variety of teaching methods and learning environments to maximize the learning potential of those that attend our sessions. In addition to spending 6-7 hours on the court each day, lessons will be reinforced through classroom sessions and video analysis.
Our goal at PGC is to empower you with the tools to fulfill your basketball dreams, while also assisting you in experiencing the joy of the journey.