It’s time for the debate to end. What debate you ask? Well, the one heard in nearly every conversation that revolves around nearly every sport performance that we deem to matter.
Converse with anybody whose spent thousands of hours dedicated to their craft and it goes with out saying that the non-physical elements connected to sport (take your pick on whichever sport) are the most important in a person’s journey through sport. You don’t have to agree with that, but there is an indisputable acknowledgement that sport (again, take your pick) is beyond physical. Thus, it’s time to stop debating how much of “insert sport here” is mental?
Again, it goes without saying. My understanding of physiology and psychology is rudimentary at best; however, I do understand that if you’re a human being with the capacity to participate in a sport, then it becomes inevitable that you will have to contend with elements way deeper than anything considered physical.
Let’s move beyond the “what percentage of insert your sport here is mental” question and, instead, seek ways to extract 100% out of whatever that number or percentage might be. Not only does that type of focus – total extraction of effort - cultivate an attitude geared towards salvaging whatever is available, but it also eliminates room for excuses.
This 100% ethic seems so obvious right? I’ve seen many shirts that encourage more than 100%. Not only is that hilarious, but impossible. More importantly, it’s worth asking how? This is the question that so many “gurus” ignore. They have neither knowledge, nor experience, and mask both with savvy social media “skills”. You’re better off trusting your intuition than any of their algorithmic-oriented soundbites. If there are roadblocks, listen to those with both knowledge and experience. That combination generates applicability and will benefit you, the athlete.
To conclude, I’ll leave you with a quote that Mark Allen, 6X Kona Ironman Champion, shared with me over an afternoon coffee two years ago in Santa Cruz: