One of the most common things parents say to us is “my son / daughter is such a natural talent but he / she wastes it”. When you look closer at the natural talent concept it’s really just the old nature vs. nurture debate in disguise. As sport psychologists we don’t think there is any point in debating it any longer due to two facts. Fact 1; there always has been and always will be genetic variation between people. Fact 2; you can’t change these genetic components so talking (thinking) about them seems as silly as shouting at the traffic. The parts that can be improved on are all learned (non genetic) so it makes sense to focus all your attention on this slice of the performance pie. Cheers, GJM
The Mental Toughness Digest (MTD)
The “MTD” is a free monthly online publication dedicated to the discussion about anything related to mental toughness in the pursuit of excellence in sport and performance.
From Sept 2009 to Sept 2012 the below was simply our blog and these posts preceded the first Mental Toughness Digest. From now on all our in-between MTD comments will be posted direct to our facebook page where comments can be made and questions asked. As the MTD is an email and your comments can only be emailed to us privately then we’ll continue to publish each edition here so that you can add your views. Remember a blog without your participation isn’t a blog but a wall of text so make sure to join us in our ongoing discussions on mental toughness and sport psychology. The MTD gets sent out a day or two before the end of each month and we’ll add the content here a day or two before than for anyone who wants a “sneak peak”. Enjoy.
Thursday, March 31, 2011