9 Tools For Boosting Mental Toughness

  • By T.J. Murphy
  • Published Sep 28, 2012
  • Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 3:37 PM UTC
Illustration by N.C. Winters.

Focus on what can be controlled. Also in the interest of conserving mental energy, Wilder advises athletes to monitor their thoughts and restrict thinking to those things that can be controlled. “You can’t control the weather,” she says as an example, “so it’s of no value to burn energy worrying about it.” Inherent within this strategy is centering thoughts on the daily tasks of completing workouts and checking off the extras like a good diet, getting proper sleep and managing workout recovery—in effect, controlling what can be controlled.

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