Mental Toughness or mental strength is what you choose to focus on. Players and people that aren’t very mentally tough tend to put their focus on petty problems.
- It’s too hot.
- There’s no AC in the gym.
- The ball is flat.
- The floor is slippery.
Players and people that are mentally tough tend to be more noble minded. They put their focus on attention on the things that really matter. To be nobleminded means to put your attention on things that help you win a championship.
- Effort Level
- How you interact with your teammates
- Your Tone of Voice.
Players that are noble minded pride themselves on being mentally prepared for any situation. Mentally tough players welcome petty problems.
They go into a game and say…
- “It’s hot in here?” Excellent!
- “The ball doesn’t have any air in it?” Great!
- “We have bad referees tonight?” Terrific!
In their mind, those are the kind of petty problems that their opponent is going to be distracted by or use as an excuse as to why they didn’t do their best that night.
When you’re mentally tough, you’re prepared to do your best no matter what the circumstances. Conditions don’t distract you.
How do you know you have mental toughness?
When a referee makes a bad call…
Do you complain? Do you get all frustrated?
Do you pride yourself in not accepting any gifts from a referee?
What happens when someone talks trash?
Do you get all hot and bothered and lose your focus?
Do you smile and walk away and get even more focused and more determined?
What happens when coach yells at you for something that is not your fault?
Do you pout and feel sorry for yourself and angry?
Do you look him in the eye and listen to what he’s saying and try to find the learning?
Mental toughness is where you put your attention. Martin Luther King Jr. said “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience but where he stands in times of challenge of controversy.”
Take pride in your ability to routinely rise above petty problems. You can’t afford to major in minor things if you want to win a championship. If you can learn to choose your attitude moment to moment, it will give you a huge advantage in basketball and in life.
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This is a correspondence between PGC owner Dena Evans and a long-time PGC grad. I was so moved by Dena’s response to this player, which the player’s father shared with me, I decided to ask Dena, and this athlete, for permission to share this correspondence publicly. If you know the heart-ache and disappointment of not reaching your team or individual goals, this is a must-read.
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