It’s widely accepted by coaches and rowers that mental toughness is the most important psychological characteristic that determines success.
What is mental toughness and what do mentally tough rowers think about or do when competing?
‘Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind – you could call it character in action.’
– Vince Lombardi
Mentally tough athletes seem to have complete trust in their ability, no matter how much stress they encounter, and they believe they will be successful.
Tiger Woods’ understanding of mental toughness:
“It’s something you have to find from within. You have to keep pushing yourself from within. It’s not about what other people think and what other people say. It’s about what you want to accomplish and whether you want to go out there and be prepared to beat everyone you play or face.”
Please look at this video of my rowing friend testing on stationary bike.
Mental toughness is widely regarded as a crucial characteristic that determines athletic success.
Remember that all skills, including psychological skills, require practice and time to develop. The more you practice the more mentally tough you will be and the better you will be able to perform when you really need to!