I want to share a bit of personal experience that you may be hard pressed to find in a text book, but rather hear the battle tested athlete's talk about and that is metal toughness.
(If anyone has any links or info for scientific studies on mebtal toughness I would LOVE to read them so please send them my way.)
Mental toughness is built when you come to a fork in the road. Go left and quite or go right and overcome! If you take a left, well thats life and just be ready to take the right turn at thw next fork, but if you choose to always go right you are building mental toughness! The fork can he many thing's in life. It could be your boss harping on you at work, your bills are building up, your dog shit on the new white carpet, or maybe you got into a fight with your significant other.. what ever the case may be you are always faced with a choice! You can come unglued and scream and yell, you can cry, you can quit or give up, and take that left turn, or you can seize the opportunity to turn right and gain mental toughness by not giving in when shit gets hard! Tell yourself you will endure and nake it out stronger than before! I like to translate this philosophy into fitness because it is alway relevant! Tonight was no exception for me.
When you decide to endure and take the right turn you have to face some big questions, and you WILL discover answers. Today during my workout I had questions. They always manifest during my most intense portion of my workout. I asked why am I working so hard, who am I doing this for, and do I want to continue? The more I asked the more I knew the truth! I am doing this because I love it!!! I am doing this for ME!!! And I will continue because I refuse to give up!!! Running hard and doing medicine ball slams in rainy wet 40 degree weather and a short sleeve didnt matter to me I had questions and I wanted answers.
Now imagine if I took that left turn and said im not going to do it today. What would I have seriously gained? I would have never discovered the answers to my questions and prove to myself that yeah I can do what ever I set my mind to! I endures real mental toughness work today. What as my alternative? Go in my house and pount and sulk about why everything is too hard and I give up? Or pig out on shit food? How about NO!!! Get the hell up and go do something about it!! Learn and seize this opportunity!
Well thats my philosophy on the topic. Excuse the spelling and grammar.
Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one. Bobby Knight