Mental Toughness: The Power Of Belief

Mental Toughness: The Power Of Belief

Mental Toughness: The Power Of Belief

Do not underestimate the power of BELIEF! I would like you to understand that your attitude will define your training performance. In my opinion, training for a marathon is 30% physical, and 70% mental. Top athletes always come from a place of confidence and a positive attitude, without self-doubt. The moment you think you can’t achieve your goal it is over! Self-doubt is what keeps most athletes from tapping into their true potential! Never underestimate your ability, as you are stronger than you think you are!

Marathoners come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities. I am often reminded of the power of belief when I hear of people like Harriette Thompson, a 91-year-old marathoner who finished the San Diego Marathon in 2015. How about when Nike dropped Meb Keflezighi from sponsorship, because he was too old. He never doubted his ability and promptly proved Nike wrong by winning the prestigious 2014 Boston Marathon! Rick Hoyt, born with cerebral palsy, told his father in 1977 that he wanted to participate in a five-mile run. That goal took them on a thirty seven-year odyssey including numerous marathons and Ironman competitions.

Lastly, as I watch athletes with disabilities finish marathons, I am in awe of their perseverance! These athletes have every reason to justify an excuse and quit, but they don’t! They don’t see their handicap as a disability, but rather they see their disability as just another challenge or a badge of honor. The power of BELIEF is what separates great athletes from those that fail to reach their full potential! They believe in themselves, and so should you!

I use the phrase “no excuses” quite a bit in my personal training. The reason I use this phrase is because of its motivating power for me. It’s very easy to make an excuse to justify skipping a training session: it’s too cold, it’s too hot, I’m tired, or it’s too dark. An excuse is just another way of reducing your true potential! Pick a mantra that inspires you when training gets difficult. They really work!

I believe!
I can do it!
Embrace the SUCK!
No excuses!
PAY now or pay race day!
Someday is today!
If it were easy, everyone would do it!
I am unstoppable!

Fun Fact: Did you know that Navy SEALs are selected for their mental ability over physical strength?

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Mark C. Minichiello
LARR Program Administrator
USATF & RRCA Certified Coach