Mental Strength of Team Malaysia

Dear All,

For the past week we have been seeing the character of Team Malaysia at Indonesia Sea Games in Jakarta and Palembang which I could considered magnificent especially to the Football team where we managed to retain the Gold medal that Malaysian won in the last game at Laos in 2009. The Mental Strength is really unbelievable knowing that they are playing in front of more than 90,000 raucous fans at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

When talking about mental strength, we need to address at the top level it is not your physical or technical expertise which separates you from the competition but your mental toughness. To be outstanding you have to hold your nerve, perform under the most intense pressure, and consistently turn it on even when you don’t feel at your best. Mental toughness is what makes Michael Jordan and Pete Sampras so special. These athletes know their real battle is not so much on the court, but inside their heads. You absolutely must manage your mental side if you want to be the best. That is what our Young Tigers showed last night at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

Given that mental strength is so vital, I find it truly amazing that it is so neglected in training routines in our sporting communities. Only few have adopted the strategy but more just ignoring it. If you are one of those athletes who spends all your training time on technique and fitness while paying no attention to your mental side, you are doing yourself a serious disservice. Sport Science have proof that from countless studies that mental skills are acquirable and you can, with practice, learn to perform mentally. You can improve your confidence, concentration, motivation and anxiety levels if you chose to. The boys have shown us how to be like a man at a lion den. Ahah! What a words huh! SYABAS MALAYSIA.

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