“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mental Toughness and Reading

Mental Toughness and Reading  There is a proverb that says, "Those who do not read are no better off than those who can't." Reading is a mental exercise of the brain. Read a book about "mental toughness" and you will start to view the intangible parts of the game differently. Read a biography about Micheal Jordan and Pay Attention to references about his intangible qualities of toughness and maybe some of it rubs off and sticks in your mindset. Read and study the game. Read and study your favorite players. You will gain knowledge and wisdom in the process. Plus reading in and of itself develops toughness.
Think about this: Our culture is driven by imagery. Pictures floating everywhere; Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Lockerz apps. Then there is YouTube, ESPN, and Flipboard. Advertising teaches us that a picture paints a thousand words in our mindset and so a video must paint a million.
Here is the secret about reading. The words you read - Paint pictures in your mindset. And Mental Imagery is a huge component of mental toughness. So, it could be said "You are what you read." Or, "Those who do not read are no better off than those who can't." So, as NIKE says, "Just Do It" - Read something and improve your mental toughness.

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