Is your athlete prepared to handle pressure?
When the game is on line, it's a mistake to rely only on physical skills.
It's the ability to handle pressure that often decides the outcome.
I'm a 2x Olympian and Mental Toughness Coach and when I ask athletes what they do to handle pressure, here's what they say:
I try not to think about it
I hope for the best
I make sure no one is counting on me
I avoid eye contact so I don't have to step up
They are under-equipped.
The good news is handling pressure is a skill; a mental skill. Just like other skills associated with their sport, it's something they can improve.
Instead of avoiding, hoping, or hiding, build a Mental Toughness Toolkit.
It's time for your athlete to step up with confidence and courage.
Mental Toughness Master Class starts August 6 and we will tackle these problems:
Lack of confidence
Playing it safe
Not playing to their potential
Timid rather than aggressive
Nerves affecting performance
Worried about losing
Bothered by coaches that yell
Teammates and opponents get into their head
Giving up when things don't go their way
Hiding in big moments
Unable to take feedback
Feeling sorry for themselves
CHANGE DOESN'T TAKE TIME. IT TAKES COURAGEOUS ACTION.