Palms UP for This Mental Toughness Hack
I’ve been to many different churches, Church of Latter Day Saints, Jewish Synagogues, A.M.E. Zion and Unitarian Universalists. I wanted to learn more about other’s beliefs, so I was fortunate to be able to explore.
However, I was always more into Whose your master rather than whose your pastor.
I’ve been to rock-star pastor services, those are creepy.
As a kid, I grew up in a Lutheran church. Many, many rituals.
So, whenever I attended services where people held up their hands in praise, I was out of my comfort zone. I internally applauded them though, I thought it was courageous.
I’m obsessed with helping athletes, coaches, and teams with mental toughness.
I don’t offer many a mental toughness hack, so take this one and run with it!
In LOVE DOES, author Bob Goff used to walk around all day long with his fists clenched, defensive, and angry. When we are defensive all the time, we can’t win. He made one adjustment and everything changed. He provided a huge mental toughness hack !
Sit right now with your hands on the back of legs and turn your hands over with your palms up!
Do it for a minute.
One of my tennis players told me this technique of palms-up made a huge difference in resetting himself during change-overs. He simply laid the towel over his hands.
He won a big national tournament, maybe it helped, I’m not sure.
It’s about controlled aggression, not aggressive aggression, that burns us up. Try this mental toughness hack.
CONTROLLED AGGRESSION… Being in control of our emotions, responses, and energy. If we are not in control of ourselves, something else is in control of us.
Whatever our office, there are times to flip the PALMS UP! In the courtroom, time outs in basketball, in the dug-out, in the car, at the poker table, keynote speaking, wherever.
Embarrassed by it, or think people will look? More than a mental toughness hack is needed then.
Heck, put a towel over your lap or hold something small in your hands. PALMS UP.
Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates coach executives and professional athletes and is based in Indianapolis. Some clients have included three winners on the PGA Tour, Indy Eleven, University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens.
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