Making sure you’ve done everything you can to end up where you want to be.
In my upcoming book – #TheToughAthlete – I identified 10 areas you need to be good at to achieve overall mental toughness.
Tracing the athletes who end up tough I’ve found that they have taken ownership of their journey; those with similar talent & opportunities who haven’t taken ownership end up weaker mentally.
I like this definition of taking ownership:
“Taking ownership means standing up and announcing that you are responsible for executing a particular task or project.
Sometimes taking ownership will just mean being accountable for a project within your job description.”
Why do I link this to mental toughness?
It’s the first indication that somebody is serious about their pursuit. There is no way of being mentally tough when you don’t like to be held accountable.
It is linked to the age-old idea of: What can I control? The best athletes always return to that most basic of questions when they are required to be tough.
Ownership shows that the dream is action-orientated. Meaning: what can I do to achieve this? You don’t leave it over to luck or somebody else.
It remains an ever-changing pursuit as you progress through the ranks; always challenging yourself in this one key area.
So how do I take ownership?
– Take responsibility for your level of training, behavior and overall level of professionalism.
– Own whatever results you may achieve; no excuses.
– Be accountable for when you falter along the way.
– Be inquisitive about your sport & become a student.
– Be proactive. Don’t wait. The first step remains the most important step.
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