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  • 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.

    1. Express gratitude

    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.

    Keep Thinking The game!
    Matt McLeod

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