2. Do “five more.”
Daniel Goleman, author of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, argues that a test of an athlete’s ability to concentrate will predict the following season’s performance. Athletes must build mental circuitry much the way they lift weights in the gym to get strong. Work through frustration, build mental stamina and stretch your limits by asking yourself to do “five more.” This can be five more minutes of concentrated effort at the end of hard workout, five more reps, five more math problems, or five more minutes on a challenging task. The goal is to train your attention and enhance your power of concentration.