Mental toughness from pen and ink

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 6:23 am

“Stinkin’ thinkin’.” You know just what I’m talking about. For me, it would mean walking onto the tennis court thinking I didn’t have a shot to win. Or my sons walking to the pitchers mound thinking “this guy’s going to jack me.” But for those of you who have quit believing, I have a solution – read a book.

I ordered a couple of books on mental toughness, not for myself because I am, but for the boys to read. One of them is Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence. I had them both read the first four chapters last night, and I won’t soon forget their response: “It’s the best book I’ve ever read” – hearty words from a 12 and 13-year old. Sometimes as parents we don’t know the right words to impart to our kids, or maybe because we’re parents we’re just heard less…So I don’t know that these books will solve their woes of late on the field, but I do know that they’re paying attention to the fact that sports are not just physical tests because until the head is right, the body never will be.

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