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Sometimes Talent Alone Just Isn’t Enough.

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Most athletes and spectators assume the most talented competitors should always win.

Maybe they should, but that’s not always the case.

Even if your opponent is superior, results are not a foregone conclusion…

Often, the mentally tough athlete wins out.  

I‘m sure you have seen or heard about an underdog team or athlete that has defeated a more superior opponent? How did they accomplish this feat? Did they out think the opponent? Did they have a “I-have-nothing-to-lose” mindset? Did they out-prepare their opponent?

There are a number of reasons why the more talented athlete loses. Sometimes talented athletes solely rely on their talent to pull out victories…

These athletes may underestimate their opponents… They may not prepare for a tough battle… They may have a false sense of security because they see themselves as better than or more superior…

They may only play hard at the end of a match when the score is closer than they thought it would be.

Winning requires not only talent but a combination of talent, desire, and mental toughness.

 Talent + Mental Toughness = SUCCESS!

What are the components of mental toughness?

The will to prepare – Winning starts with full mental, physical and tactical preparation. Preparation is your battle plan. How do you need to prepare to ensure victory?

Relentlessness – Winning requires that you push forward no matter what challenges you face.

High effort or intensity – Success is always a matter of effort. Winners seek to outwork the opponents and dictate the flow of the game for the entire game.

Focus on constant improvement – Winners do not buy into the attitude that “good is good enough.” Winners seek to continually develop and achieve their true potential.

Motivation – Winners are driven to achieve a mutually agreed upon objective. All behavior in practice, training and games is directed towards achieving this goal.

Habit – A winning mindset needs to be consistent. Winning requires that you put everything on the line every day.

 Consistent Mental Preparation = Consistent Performance

Work on all facets of your game and your game will work for you.

Happy Training!

Coach / Master Tim Bell

http://www.bellstaekwondo.com