More lessons from the gridiron this week. This week the words “Mental Toughness” are ringing out all over the field. We are teaching these kids how to execute plays, how to use proper techniques, how to have a good stance that helps you succeed, how to defeat a block, how to make a block and much more. While we are going through the drills, they are perfect (well most of them) but during live scrimmages, a very different story.
The kids face obstacles when they are in the middle of the battle like heat, pain, fatigue, frustration and then what they had very clearly learned and executed is abandon. Mistakes start to happen because of lack of focus or focusing on the obstacles, the adversity, the distraction. Coach calls it being mentally weak.
Does anybody see the parallels in life? We have read or been taught the correct way to do things, to act, to be, however when adversity comes our way we choose to focus in on the distraction and abandon what we have learned and know to be true. We have to become “Mentally Tough”! We have to have laser beam focus with our lives, our families and when distractions or discouragement comes, we have to have the mental toughness to focus through the obstacle and on what we know to be correct.
As a Christian this even bumps up a notch. Not only should I not focus on the obstacles but I need to capture these negative thoughts and give them to God immediately!
Check this verse out:
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
3 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 [a]We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
What are you focusing on right now? Is it pain, is it fatigue, is it yourself?
How can you get tougher mentally this week?
More on discouragement tomorrow.