Mental Toughness: The Key To Success
Written by Calvin Sun
“Mental toughness is many things, and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind – you could call it ‘character in action’.” -Vince Lombardi
Success starts with having the right mindset. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to qualify for regionals, start a successful business, or coach a team to a world championship; the psychological principles always remain the same. Mediocre performers quit long before they ever reach their goals and dreams. They allow fear and self-doubt to prevent them from achieving their highest potential. The common denominator amongst the failures is a lack of mental fortitude and a stagnant mindset.
Mental toughness is not about winning; it’s about not quitting.
While mental toughness may often appear to be innate in top performers, it’s actually a set of skills and tools that anyone can learn. We have been extremely fortunate at Invictus to have the opportunity to coach clients ranging from the complete beginner to world-class performers. Our coaches have seen what works and what doesn’t when it comes to developing the mental toughness required to achieve any goal.
We’ve pulled together our decades of combined experience as coaches and created our upcoming book, “The Invictus Mindset: An Athlete’s Guide To Mental Toughness“, releasing on Friday, February 20th. In the book, we discuss the five pillars of mental toughness: goal setting, visualization, self-talk, arousal control, and self-confidence. We also have included essays from some of our top athletes and coaches as well as some simple but effective techniques for improving your mental toughness and developing an unconquerable mindset.
Stay tuned next Monday for more information on how to download your copy in time for the start of the 2015 CrossFit Open season. Everyone who orders the book within 48 hours of it’s release on February 20th will also receive a special one-time bonus that you won’t want to miss out on.
“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley, Invictus