When I’ve done a great job of coaching, I’ve emphasized mental toughness training and the psychology of sport.
After being out of youth coaching for a while and now getting back into it, I thought I had done enough.
Not even close.
The high school athletes I’m working with a way behind the curve when it comes to having a competitive attitude and being successful. I thought I did enough for them, but after the results we had realize we didn’t go near far enough.
And so I’ve been researching new techniques and approaches. I found one I like from a book by Jason Selk, 10-Minute Toughness. I really like the book and the approach.
It is simple, quick and easy to implement. It would work with a wide range of athletes from about 9 to adult. Some of it could be used for younger kids, but it would have to be dummied down a lot.
Selk recommends a five step program for developing mental toughness. The steps are:
He goes into some detail about each step and how to develop it.
I like the he recommends it take about 3 to 4 minutes and to only do it once or twice a day. And that you can get burnt out if you do it too much.
I’m going to incorporate his techniques for some of my playing and business life as well.
I will let you know how it goes.
Again, if your team needs some mental toughness drills this is an excellent resource.