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Mental Toughness
Submitted By tgoetz on Sunday, December 3, 2006
Mental toughness is an area that most athletes don't work on. Hockey players work their shot, their hands, cardio, foot speed, systems and a myriad of other physiological traits. Many don't work their psyche, and a strong mind is the key to working everything else effectively.

Mental Toughness

Desire - The Need to Succeed
Where do you fit into this spectrum of desire? Well, to find out, consider the following self-assessment scale. Level of Desire Scale
0 percent: I won't.
10 percent: I can't.
20 percent: I don't know how.
30 percent: I wish I could.
40 percent: What is it?
50 percent: I think I might.
60 percent: I might.
70 percent: I think I can.
80 percent: I can.
90 percent: I will.
95 percent: I did it.
100 percent: I did it and I know I can do it again, only this time, even better!

Mental Imagery
Mental Rehearsal: This is almost as important as practicing the action itself. The brain patterns during mental rehearsal of an action are the same as those when preparing for the action before the motor skill is selected, so the more you mentally rehearse a shot, the quicker and easier it will be to prepare to carry out the shot.

Proper Preparation
Pay attention to how you prepare for each game, especially when you play well. Competing in athletic contests can often be a matter of routine, and anything you can do to keep that routine similar from game to game, especially when you have played well, can help.

Follow the same pre-game routines, think about the same type of things, relax but focus on the game at hand. Most importantly, learn to visualize what you are going to be doing in the game, always seeing yourself being successful.

The main reason that players don't perform well in games is nervousness, and the main cause of nervousness is lack of self confidence.

You have to believe that you can play with the people on the ice and not get intimidated. You must believe that no one on the ice is better than you.

Have a good attitude. Believe in yourself.

Improve everyday!
Strive to improve everyday... both physically and mentally. Play against players that are better than you...that's how you get better. Learn from TV and watch instructional videos to learn even more. Never stop learning!

Always believe in yourself. If you think you can't do it, you aren't going to . When shooting, believe its going in and it will have a better a chance.

Inferior opponents
When playing against teams or players who are not quite as talented, it is important to play at YOUR best. Do not drop your level of play simply to defeat the opponent. Compete against your own personal best every time out, and try to achieve that.

Confidence in Shooting
A shooter needs to have confidence. One good way to give yourself confidence is to concentrate on 1 spot of the net and shoot for it. This gives you a large margin of error to work with.

Skate On and Off
Always skate on and off the ice for a line change, or a time out. Psychologically, you are showing your opponent that you won't wear down. The Detroit Red Wings with Scotty Bowman would skate just as hard for a line change as they would on the ice during their shift in order to appear fresh to their opponents.

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