Mentally strong athletes have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in sport. Check out these things that mentally strong athletes "do not do" so that you too can become more mentally strong.
1. They Do Not Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves
Mentally strong athletes do not sit around feeling sorry about their circumstances or how others have treated them. Instead, they take responsibility for their role in sport and understand that sport isn’t always easy or fair.
2. They Do Not Give Away Their Power
They don’t allow others to control them, and they don’t give someone else power over them. They do not say things like, “My coach makes me feel bad,” because they understand that they are in control over their own emotions and they have a choice in how they respond.
3. They Do Not Shy Away from Change
Mentally strong athletes do not try to avoid change. Instead, they welcome positive change and are willing to be flexible. They understand that change is inevitable and believe in their abilities to adapt.
4. They Do Not Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control
You will not hear a mentally strong athlete complaining over lost luggage or traffic jams. Instead, they focus on what they can control in their lives. They recognize that sometimes, the only thing they can control is their attitude.
5. They Do Not Worry About Pleasing Everyone
Mentally strong athletes recognize that they do not need to please everyone all the time. They are not afraid to say no or speak up when necessary. They strive to be kind and fair, but can handle other people being upset if they didn’t make them happy.
6. They Do Not Fear Taking Calculated Risks
They do not take reckless or foolish risks, but do not mind taking calculated risks. Mentally strong athletes spend time weighing the risks and benefits before making a big decision, and they are fully informed of the potential downsides before they take action.
7. They Do Not Dwell on the Past
Mentally strong athletes do not waste time dwelling on the past and wishing things could be different. They acknowledge their past and can say what they’ve learned from it. However, they do not constantly relive bad experiences or fantasize about the glory days. Instead, they live for the present and plan for the future.
8. They Do Not Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over
Mentally strong athletes accept responsibility for their behavior and learn from their past mistakes. As a result, they do not keep repeating those mistakes over and over. Instead, they move on and make better decisions in the future.
9. They Do Not Resent Other People’s Success
Mentally strong athletes can appreciate and celebrate other people’s success in life. They do not grow jealous or feel cheated when others surpass them. Instead, they recognize that success comes with hard work, and they are willing to work hard for their own chance at success.
10. They Do Not Give Up After the First Failure
Mentally strong athletes do not view failure as a reason to give up. Instead, they use failure as an opportunity to grow and improve. They are willing to keep trying until they get it right.
11. They Do Not Fear Alone Time
Mentally strong athletes can tolerate being alone and they do not fear silence. They are not afraid to be alone with their thoughts and they can use downtime to be productive. They enjoy their own company and are not dependent on others for companionship and entertainment all the time but instead can be happy alone.
12. They Do Not Feel the World Owes Them Anything
Mentally strong athletes do not feel entitled to things in life. They were not born with a mentality that others would take care of them or that the world must give them something. Instead, they look for opportunities based on their own merits.
13. They Do Not Expect Immediate Results
Whether they are working on improving their conditioning, technical, tactical or psychological game, mentally strong athletes do not expect immediate results. Instead, they apply their skills and time to the best of their ability and understand that real change takes time.
Originally, "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do", From Lifehack