By: Jason Fyda, BS, CSCS
We have all experienced failure at one point (likely more) in our lives, this is especially true when we are constantly pushing our comfort zone like an athlete. Athletes and people in general need to develop the skill to brush it off, flush it down the toilet, or simply just move on to the next play.
Nearly everyone understands the physical demands of sport, but not everyone understands the mental game. Being in control of ourselves, and our emotions allows us to perform at a much higher focused level. If we experience a bad play or game, dwelling on it will only lead to more bad results. Reacting with anger or frustration will only cloud your focus for the next play. Instead we turn that bad feeling into a positive experience by learning from our mistake. We can ask ourselves these questions: What went wrong? What went right? What can I do differently next time? We can follow that up with a self-(pep)talk, “alright, I am focused now, let’s go get em!” These skills are especially important in sports where there is time in-between plays, strokes, or races i.e.; golf, baseball/softball, football, swimming, track and field. It is just a simple flick of a mental switch that gets easier to use the more we practice. What are you doing today to challenge your mental toughness and your ability to overcome adversity?
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”