The Four C’s of Mental Toughness
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As riders, in order to get the most out of our riding, achieve our goals and have total belief in our abilities, we need to develop the four C’s of mental toughness.
Whatever discipline you have chosen and, whatever level you are riding at within that discipline, having a strong mental attitude will help you considerably. It will help when you are learning new skills, overcoming challenges and coping with the stresses of competition.
The following list gives suggestions of helpful attributes for each of the four C’s. Read through them and, being honest with yourself, give yourself a mark out of ten for each one. This will give you an idea of your strengths and your challenges and highlight areas which you can work on.
It is likely that you will have periods of time when you’re feeling mentally tougher than others but the aim is to increase your strength in each of the four areas.
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1. Commitment and Motivation
- I let go of mistakes and focus on what I am going to do next
- I don’t give up even when the odds are against me
- When I don’t achieve my goals it makes me try even harder
- I am prepared to work hard in order to see improvements
- I can raise my game even when I’m not in the mood.
- I know how to relax during tense moments
- I don’t get angry, even when I make a mistake
- I am able to focus on the things which I can control and don’t worry about bad luck
- When riding, I focus in the moment and on the task I am performing
- I am able to make correct decisions even when under pressure.
- I can stay focussed even when I have other distractions
- I can control distracting or unhelpful thoughts when I am riding
- I am able to control my nerves so that they don’t harm my performance
- I am able to control my emotions when I am riding
- I am able to quieten my mind and avoid overthinking.
- I bounce back quickly after any mistakes
- I am able to trust my talent and experience rather than try to over control things
- I am able to overcome self doubt when it creeps in
- I still believe in myself, even after a poor performance
- I have a strong belief in my abilities.