Tools For Boosting Mental Toughness by TJ Murphy

In the next few days we will be posting these 9 tools to use to boost your mental toughness. These tips will help get you through tough patches of any endurance challenge.

Endruance events such as triathlons or marathons take stamina, strength, and dedication. Durning these endurance events hard segments are bound to happen. In the following days, 9 tools will be posted to help you boost your mental toughness and get you through any tough patch of training and racing so that you can “Cross YOUR finish line.”

Make the commitment. In beginning to work with an athlete, Wilder’s initial consultations involve a meeting where goals are set. “We set short-term goals and long-term goals,” Wilder says. In the discussion, she helps the athlete distinguish between what she calls process goals versus outcome goals—the former concentrating on the weekly training output and the latter on what the athlete hopes to come away with at the end of the program. “For example, the outcome might be that at the finish they improve their PR at a certain race distance by a certain amount.” Wilder has the athlete write this down on an index card, which goes into a safe in her office. “You can do the same at home with a shoe box. The idea is to commit to the goal and put it away; allay any doubts that might creep into the mind and persuade you to alter the goal.” Then, Wilder says, with the decision on the outcome said and done, you will be more apt to simply pour all of your mental energy into training toward your goal and less tempted to alter the plan due to fear.

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