4 Ways to Develop a Winning Mindset

Practicing the four 'Cs' will lead you on a path to becoming a mentally strong athlete.

A common quote thrown around the sporting community is: "Sports are ten percent physical and ninety percent mental."

You might argue (and make a valid point) that this quote is only relevant to the elite of the elite, and I would undoubtedly agree. But there's no doubting the importance of the mind in preparatory and competitive moments an athlete experiences. By preparatory experiences, I mean all the work an athlete does before a competitive event. This is key to developing the much-coveted winning mindset.

We could even take out the competitive event altogether, as many people who consider themselves athletes are only interested in the training aspect of the athlete life. However, these people often compete against themselves.

In relation to competitive experiences, I mean the games athletes play, events they compete in, fights they battle through—the competitive aspect that the majority of sportsmen and women work toward. But what exactly makes an athlete's mind great, both in training and competition?

The 4 C's of sports psychology


Concentration is defined as the action or power of focusing all of one's attention.

In simpler terms, we could say that concentration is the ability to focus on a specific task and devote all of our energy toward its completion. But why is this important?

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