Mental toughness can be improved through training, just like speed, power and agility. One technique is to prepare for the discomfort you will inevitably experience during intense workouts, games or races. "You know that pain is coming," says two-time Ironman World Champion Chris "Macca" McCormack. "You can't be scared of it."
In those painful moments, McCormack recommends flooding your brain with memories of successful training sessions. He says, "Try and take yourself to places or sessions that have been positive. Tell yourself the things that you know you can do or you've done in training. You're more likely to finish strong if you can convince your brain that you've been in the same position before. If there's six miles to go, and you're hurting, ask yourself, 'How many times have I run six miles before?' The memory of all the times you did so will help you find the motivation and confidence to keep going."
Photo Credit: Getty Images // Thinkstock