Recently, tilt facilitated a mental and physical training combine with a university football team. The program was a HUGE success. We are grateful to have worked with a group of guys that, collectively, worked - truly willing to grind it out.
Following the mental toughness portion of the program, one of the athletes approached me and simply asked...what if you don’t believe? (I should preface this story by saying that the player is DOMINANT. He is a leader, has unbelievable football talent and has potential to play at the NFL level.) I was thankful that this player had the guts to ask such a honest question. He was not scared to hide behind the fact that self-doubt often creeps in uncontrollably. This honesty and self-awareness is a must-have for athletes trying to get improve. More than anything I think this player wanted to be prepared for the times that he meets players on the field that share his talent and toughness.
When self-doubt emerges, the first thing to do is to become aware that we are pulling ourselves down and limiting our potential. There is no place for self- doubt in optimal performance. From that awareness, we can shift those negative, limiting, self-doubting thoughts to ones that are empowering and motivating.
If you know anybody that is part of the tilt family then you will know that much of our work and the foundation of success in sport and life is based on a foundation of unshakable self-BELIEF. If you BELIEVE in your ability to accomplish your goal, consider the battle all but won. As far as tilt is concerned, when it comes to mastering thoughts and emotions on the field there might not be anything more important than how great you believe yourself to be.
For too many of our institutions, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is ‘time off’. Classes are cancelled, offices are closed, and reflective stances are ceased—at least temporarily. It has become a vacation day—a play day.
We want to challenge this notion. This day should be “time on”. Not in the traditional sense, though. This is not a day where we should engage in our regular routines. For MLK Jr. was far from a regular man. Rather, we should purposefully challenge ourselves. There is no better way to develop the content of our character than to engage in actions that challenge our sense of self and our abilities.
As Martin Luther King Jr. professed, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” This is a day to build character by engaging in activities, by experimenting with who we are when it matters most—during those times of challenge and controversy.
What can you do today to build character? Here are a few options:
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