The Clipper’s Mental Toughness
What could you accomplish in your sport if you increased your mental toughness by just 1%?
One percent may sound like a small percentage, but your performance would improve exponentially.
Imagine sinking that game winning basket… or sticking the landing after a solid beam routine… or just playing to your abilities instead of being defeated by fear, negativity and anxiety.
If you performed mentally tougher at critical moments in competition, how would you feel about yourself as an athlete?
Chances are, you would enjoy your sport more, get psyched about competing against tough opponents, seek out game-changing opportunities, and have greater self-confidence as an athlete.
Mental toughness is not some mystical power bestowed upon a few elite athletes. Mental toughness is an achievable skill available to every athlete if you are willing to work for it.
Giving up or tanking in a game is easy… giving more in a game is a matter of will and toughness.
The LA Clippers put on a mental toughness clinic when they defeated the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in the First Round of the 2015 playoffs.
You may think that winning the first round series is no huge accomplishment… seven other teams also advanced.
But it’s HOW the Clippers advanced that confirmed their mental toughness.
The Clippers won Game 6 to force a seventh game. In Game 7, the Clippers headed into half with a two point lead but not necessarily with momentum on their side. Clipper forward Blake Griffin shot 4 for 11 in the first half and guard Chris Paul suffered a potentially game-ending hamstring injury.
Griffin came back to score 13 points in the second half and Paul heroically returned to the game to score 25 points including a runner off the glass with one second remaining for the game-winner.
Paul described the mindset of the Clippers and how their team motto helped them hang on.
PAUL: “Down the stretch, our team has a thing we say that Doc [Rivers] says, ‘Don’t let go of the rope.’ Any time we could have let go of the rope… we could have just conceded [to the defending NBA champions] but we kept fighting and guys made plays in order to win.”
Clipper guard Jamal Crawford stated, “If you wrote a script, this is how the ending would be.”
The interesting thing is you do write your own script in the things you say to yourself.
If you fear making mistakes, missing important shots or losing, you are writing the script to end tragically.
If you have a positive mindset or that “fighting spirit” or mentally tough mentality, you put yourself in position to end that chapter heroically.
Tips to maintaining a fighting mentality until the game ends:
- Tip #1: Write your script – Decide ahead of time how you will react in adverse situations. See yourself responding positively at critical moments in competitions.
- Tip #2: Don’t let go of the rope – Choose a motto that will guide your behavior during adverse times. Repeat it to yourself as you meet your challenging situations with unwavering resolve.
Successful athletes have learned to stop performance anxiety and play with ultimate composure. We’ve created The Composed Athlete, Workbook and CD program to help you do this.
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~Julia Dreyer, National Champion Equestrian
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We’ve got a great program for you called “The Confident Sports Kid: A 7-Day Plan for Building Ultimate Self-Confidence.”
The Confident Sports Kid is a 7-day program for sports parents and kids to boost young athlete’s performance, happiness and success… in sports and life!
The Confident Sports Kid is two programs in one. There’s a manual and CD for parents/coaches, and a workbook/CD for young athletes.
Packed with mental strategies that you and your kids can start using immediately, this program teaches your athletes how to identify confidence busters, proactively deal with them, manage expectations that undermine confidence, and mentally prepare to stay confident when faced with adversity.
What’s more, our program teaches you, as sports parents and coaches, how you may be hurting your kids’ confidence and gives you instructions for changing your behavior in ways that will improve your athletes’ performance, confidence and enjoyment.
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~Marc D. Anderson, LCSW, MGCP, Mental Game Coach
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The Athlete’s Mental Edge workbooks complement your existing mental training program. Each of the 15 workbooks in the Athlete’s Mental Edge System teaches your athletes a specific mental skill to improve their performance.
For mental coaches, this system is ideal for between session education.
For sports coaches, you’ll be able to conduct 15 team seminars using the workbook system.
In the Athlete’s Mental Edge workbook system, you receive 15 easy-to-read, practical Mental Edge Workbooks on PDF, as well as 16 coaches’ game plan MP3 audio files.
What are coaches saying?
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~Kerri Morgan, Mental Game Coach
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~Tony Melito, MGCP