What are the Three D’s in Mental Toughness

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If you missed last weeks post on ‘What does it really Take to Make it’ then go on back and have a read. Once your done come on back here and check out Part 2 of the series of Becoming an Elite Athlete that I wrote to my MOS Team and followers.

Part Two

The Best D’s Going!!

Ok let’s get started!

I have been asked this a million times-

‘What makes a great athlete great?’

My standard answer comes this way.

Ordinary athletes lack the will that all GREAT athletes possess. Or as the great coach Vince Lombardi once said,Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”

This is where the best D’s come into play and those 3 D’s are as I mentioned yesterday in our email, Desire, Determination and Dedication.

Let’s Start with Desire.
GREAT athletes have the desire to be the best they can be. They have the desire to dominate their sport and understand that they were put on this earth for a reason. Weather they are a weightlifter, football player, hockey player or another type of athlete, they realize that they have a burning passion for their craft. They will do what others are not willing to do, simple!

 Making it Happen!!

Simply put determination is the will to get the job done. This means you must DO THE WORK SON!
I’ve talked about this numerous times in the past but I can’t stress it enough. How you deal with adversity is a true measure of character. Great athletes know how to deal with adversity. They posses the determination to overcome road blocks and obstacles because they understand the bigger picture. Great athletes are highly motivated from within and do not need any motivation from their coaches. They understand the importance of practice and constant hard effort.

Once an athlete has the desire to be great and the desire to dominate their sport they must COMMIT to it. Dedication includes the commitment to excellence through sacrifice and taking action. For college athletes this means sacrificing social time spent drinking and partying in order to commit to their craft. Professional athletes sacrifice time that could be spent with their family and loved ones. Nobody said being a great athlete would be easy but all great athletes make sacrifices. Elite athletes also find time to train hard, work on their skill and do whatever else is necessary. They do not make excuses like 90% of the other athletes out there, they just get it done!

My Own Thoughts here.
Is it any wonder why the best athletes make great leaders? If you are an athlete that wants to play at the next level weather it be high school, college or professional, ask yourself how bad do you really want it?

What are you willing to do to reach your goals?

Are you willing to sacrifice partying and drinking and the normal life for something much more rewarding?

Most athletes aren’t willing to do this because they are content with fitting in and being mediocre.

Challenge yourself and be the best that you can be.


Until next time.


Coach Nye


About the Author

With years of experience in sports and business – from sweeping the floors when starting off in business, to coaching a very successful National Championship hockey team and then managing other hockey teams along the way – the Coach has seen it all!

Coach Nye is the founder and CEO of Mind Over Sport (www.CoachingMindOverSport.com), a world wide leader in effective mental fitness/toughness training, leadership, stress management training and life coaching. Since being involved in the sport of hockey, Coach Nye has trained numerous players to the professional level and continues to this day to connect with them and many others to help them through different stages in their playing careers. Coach Nye has created his own weekly podcast show, Mind Over Sport Podcast Show with Coach Nye with over thousands of followers and listeners. While also working with great organizations such as Womens Hockey Life, The Coaches Site, My Pro Hero, Weiss Tech Hockey Magazine and Changing the Game Project. He currently resides in Lucan, Ontario Canada.

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