A fellow coach shared the following quote.

I haven’t read this particular book, so I can’t comment beyond this tidbit. I’m definitely interested to see what else it has, though!

To my mind, what we have here is pretty much the definition of mental toughness. It’s the ability to focus and perform when the pressure – internal or external – is on.

I wrote before on the relationship between mental toughness and fatigue. That isn’t really the focus here. There’s some overlap, to be sure. Mainly, though, the quote talks about mental and emotional intrusions that negatively influence focus, and by extension performance.

Of course the question is then how we develop these skills – this mental toughness or resiliency – in our players. While we can certainly do off-court mindfulness work and the like, ultimately, it’s something that needs to develop in-context. That means in the situations where it comes up during matches.

To that end, you might find these posts useful:

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

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