Every experienced athlete will at some time in their career suffer an injury and through it will grasp pain management in their rehabilitation process and oddly become ‘mentally stronger’.
However beyond ‘pain management’ the ability to control oneself sits within the hallmark of success; order, structure and discipline.
This lends to a few very important observations.
The term ‘mentally stronger’ or ‘mental toughness’ are highly misleading if not completely inaccurate and better noted as ‘appropriate levels of confidence’. An individual who is dedicated to their sporting pursuits will typically possess confidence, be motivated, maintain focus, believes in their ability to attain their goals, will persevere through challenges and manage the chaos of competition. Ultimately this appropriate levels of confidence, often noted as ‘mentally stronger’ will be the product of exhausting levels of work and as you may have gathered, the ability to manage pain.
Confidence comes via dedication and performing the required discipline to excel and vastly different from misguided arrogance. Confidence and 'mental strength' is in-fact a measure of dedication that is achieved through years of service.
Confidence, like victory, is not gifted and earned through a structured and disciplined work ethics
Five Tips to take control of your future now:
- Rise early each day. Do not ‘roll out of bed’ random but go to bed early and have a prepared POA (plan of attack) for your day. Start early and ‘attack your day’. Ensure said ‘start’ includes a nutritious breakfast of porridge | oatmeal, eggs, water and black coffee.
- Upon rising perform fifty STRICT press-ups | push-ups and sit-ups (feet flat on the floor)
- Squat daily. Whether you are performing Cossack Squats to assist recovery, Walking Lunges for general strength (strength-endurance) development or traditional Squats, this is crucial for your overall athletic advancement. Rust doesn’t settle on moving parts.
- Target Recovery. If not one of the simplest assumptions in the ‘iron game’, you cannot advance (or train) if you are not fully recovered from your previous training session. Contrast showers, proper sleep, recovery workouts and Modern are all part of the athletic training equation.
- Fuel athletic development with a nutritious diet. No less than half of the entire ‘training model’ is dependent upon a nutritious diet.
The journey to the podium is an uphill struggle but a place on the top is reserved for the determined.
Prepared by John Davies
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