Psychologists have identified eleven mental attitudes that have a direct bearing on success in athletics whether an athlete becomes an all-star or also-ran depends on what’s in his head and heart.
Winners are believers. They accept people at face value, and know that mutual trust is a major factor in building team morale and unity. Trusting athletes communicate and cooperate better with their teammates and coach.
Winners have high standards of character. They have a deep sense of obligation, and knows team must have discipline to be successful. They put the welfare of the team first, don’t beat rules, and regulations to suit themselves.
Winners respect the coach and the coaching process. They know that coaching is important to their development and progress as an athlete. They are receptive to the coach’s advice and follow it.
8. MENTAL TOUGHNESS
Mental toughness is a big factor in athletic success. Winners can accept strong criticism and rigorous training from a demanding coach. They recover quickly from setbacks, don’t fall apart when the going gets rough
7. EMOTIONAL CONTROL
Successful athletes can handle the pressure of competitive sports. They stay cool, adjust quickly, and are not upset by bad calls. They deliver top performance regardless of the circumstances.
Self-confidence builds winners. Winners have confindence in their abilities and can act decisively. They believe they can successfully meet challenges, handle unexpected situations. Never doubt their own ability.