I believe talent alone isn’t enough. It’s only just a piece of the puzzle. Eventually, you will face an opponent who is just as physically fit and talented as you. So what’s the difference?
Mental Toughness will be the determining factor to get the edge over your opponent. Mental toughness is also just a piece of the puzzle for success. You cannot be all mentally tough while not being fit. Vice versa you cannot just be physically fit without mental toughness. Both components are vital to your success.
According to Human Performance Psychology, a huge number of non athletic people said that “talent it is enough”. Yes! You need to have natural abilities for something so special, like performance to occur in any sport. But, that’s not all you need. Athletes are people with extraordinary abilities, constantly trained and not so easy to form. Also we need to understand that the fundamental factors of sports performance are involving multiple areas, like : heredity, morphological characteristics, abilities, experience during childhood, previous sports experiences, competency and training, interest and motivation, also important are family culture and friendship. And is not to be ignored the coach’s conduct, the compatibility of the relationship between coach and the athlete.
It may appear that natural abilities and physical usually is all that matters in wining a competition but the reality is different from the statements of athletes. In reality it seems that in competition mind becomes far superior to physics, some even claim a 90% mental-physical ratio.
Whether this is accurate or near-accurate, one can assume that sports is not necessarily about who is the best athlete on paper, but who has the willpower and self determination to give it 110%.
In the end I will leave you meditate to the words of the grate Socrates. He strongly believed that every human being had a responsibility to live up to their physical potential. “No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
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