"Overheard" from the Minds of some Great Athletes:


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May 14, 2015

 "Normal" Self-Talk can be transformed into Fantastic Self-Talk

Use instead
If I do well, I'll be the hero. Do my job.
If I don't do well, I'll be the goat. Do my job.
I'm not sure if my teammate knows the play.   Do my job.
What if my opponent does really well? Do my job.
My coach is smart/dumb/or anything else. Do my job.
I've gotta keep my elbow in, then extend through. Do my job.
Don't mess up. What will my Dad/friends/Coach think of this if I mess up. Do my job.

My job is to give my best effort one play at a time and accept whatever happens.
Nobody ever said it would be easy.

Sometimes you have to perform at your best when you're feeling your worst.  Handle it the way the champions do – block out the hurt, the pain and the sickness from your head. Concentrate instead on what you must do to win. Shape up.  Get it together. And just do it.  Excuses don't count.  Anybody can make them up.  Nobody cares if your hurt, sick, or tired.  Either do it or don't.  It's that simple.

There are times when you'd rather be elsewhere doing something more exciting.  But we know that the winners in life face up to the challenge at hand, while the losers make up excuses to avoid them. You must win the mental battle, if you really want to be a winner.

You must remain confident, enthusiastic and positive. You must work even harder when you're sick, hurt or tired.  That's mental toughness.

Life is easy when the going is good. Mental toughness comes into play when the going gets bad.  Mental toughness is also the ability to keep working towards a long term goal, while going full throttle to win a short-term battle - even in the face of adversity.

One of the oldest and most common locker room signs is:  "When the going gets tough the tough get going.”

Believe it.  That's what separates the winners from the losers.