30 Day Challenge
When I work with programs I always challenge the players and coaches to work on their mental game by doing small things that are not difficult that anyone can do but that they aren’t currently doing for 30 days.
Then I stumbled onto this TED Talk about something very similar. I believe this is where habits can be formed and where mental toughness lies. Watch the following,
My challenge to you is to pick at least one thing that you don’t currently do everyday and make it your 30-day challenge to do that one thing or things on a daily basis. I just started mine the 1st of April and I plan to continue to do something new every month. I picked three different things, which I am not going to tell you about until the month is over. Be creative, feel free to share by posting on the blog or to @1pitchwarrior on Twitter.
The mental toughness aspect of this lies in the fact that at some point during the 30 days you will be tired, too bored, not motivated, too busy, not feeling great, too this, too that. Pick your excuse. You get my point. In order to finish the challenge you will have to force yourself to act differently that you feel and fake it at times. This is a key skill for any coach or athlete because you don’t always feel 100% when you get to the field for practice or a game. You must do it anyway and still have the ability to work your best even if you don’t feel like it.
Try the challenge. Coaches challenge your staffs and players to come up with one thing that they can do for a month straight. Very curious to see what people come up with.