Mental Toughness

If you want results, you have to be consistent….this doesn’t matter if you are a coach, athlete, student, parent, employee, etc.  You have to be consistent:

With Your Effort
With Your Energy
With Your Message
With Your Work
With Your Attitude
With Your Body Language
With Your Talk
With What You Preach
With What You Want
With Your Nutrition
With Your Recovery Strategies
With Your Study Habits
With Your Discipline
With Your Character
With Your Accountability
With Your Confidence
With Your Urgency
With Your Purpose
With Your Habits

Make the choice if you are going to consistent or not?  If you want something bad enough, be consistently Great.


How do you get athletes to buy into your program?  This is a common question that comes about from interns, and other colleagues.  It’s not easy to get athletes to buy in and believe that your program is the best one out there for them.  Why should they do what you (as a coach) say?

There are a number of ways of handling this:

1. Educating your athletes about the benefits of the program
2. Threatening your athletes with punishment or kicking them out of a training session
3. Embarrasing the athlete in front of the team for a lack of effort or discipline
4. Speaking with the sport coach to get them on your side (which they should already be)
5. Putting ownership into the hands of your athlete.

The last one is the one that is often overlooked as a strategy to get your athletes to buy into your program.  Giving them ownership lets the athlete(s) know that it’s their training session and their workout.  It’s not the sport coaches, or yours as the strength and conditioning coach – it’s their training session and they are going to get what they want to get out of it.  Explain to your athletes that if you want to continue to be a loser, then keep working with a half ass effort, don’t hold yourself accountable, continue to suck energy from the team and continue to make excuses for your current state.  But if you want to become a winner, then you have to work your ass off, be positive, hold yourself and your teammates accountable, give energy to your teammates and to not make excuses.  You as a coach with give them a plan to be successful but ultimately it’s up to them.  Give them the keys to car and tell them that you will help give them a map (program) to help them get to where they want to go.  Of course this has to be within reason.  There must be stop signs and traffic lights (rules), and tickets handed out for poor driving (penalties).  When giving ownership, you aren’t letting them choose what they are going to do within a training session (as a team matures, this may be permissible), but rather teaching your athletes that they are the ones that are going to have a direct impact upon the results of a game and that what they put into their training is going to have an effect upon their performance.  You are getting them to understand that they are the ones that are going to score, or get stops – they are the ones are going to make passes and big defensive plays…not the coaches.  So the more they invest in their own personal development (physical, and skill), the more the team is going to get out of them.

Giving your athletes ownership in the training process is an important step in getting your athletes to buy into the program and will go a long way in their development and your career.


I’m sure the title of this post got your attention.  I just saw this awesome video hosted by Tedx by Mel Robbins.  Her presentation is called F— YOU – How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over and is perfect for everybody.  Coaches, parents, athletes, loved ones, business executives, married couples, you name it.

Do yourself a favor and take 20 minutes out of your schedule to make yourself a little better and open your eyes to how you can get what you want.  I’m sending this to all my athletes as it always helps when they hear the same message that I preach from another voice.