Nobody ever said it would be easy, so don’t expect it to be.  No one is immune from every day problems.


Sometimes, you have to perform at your best when you’re feeling your worst.  Block the hurt, the pain, the sickness out of your head for the short time you must perform.  Shape up, get it together because excuses don’t count.  Nobody cares if you are hurt or sick; you either do the job or you don’t.


There are times when you might rather be elsewhere, but face up to the challenge at hand.  No matter what has happened, you must win the mental battle.  You must force yourself to remain confident, enthusiastic, and positive.  You must force yourself to work harder even when you are sick, hurt, sad or troubled.  That is MENTAL TOUGHNESS.


Life is easy when the going is good.


MENTAL TOUGHNESS comes into play when the going gets bad.  Never let your opponent know your weakness, because then he can take advantage of it.  The fighter automatically goes for the cut eye, the bloody nose.  MENTAL TOUGHNESS is also the ability to keep after a goal, to look a year or two ahead and keep going full throttle after that goal, even in the face of adversity.


One of the oldest and most common locker room signs is this:


“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” –  BELIEVE IT.