Mental Toughness is a Voicemail Away
One speaking event at my alma mater, Shepherd University, I made sure to invite my professor, Dr. Joe Merz. He made such an impact in my life. If not for him, then Sport Psychology and the passion I live out everyday would not have happened.
I received a voicemail from him after the event.
The voicemail was about a minute long and went in-depth about and what an amazing job I did and how proud and impressed he was.
It felt good. I saved it. It built up my Mental Toughness. It’s still on my phone today.
That same week though, I probably left a dozen voicemail and text messages to various people. But, I could not begin to tell you what I said or wrote.
We can listen to all of our voicemail messages right now on our phone. But, we have no idea that messages we left during that same time.
Life is the same way.
We remember the most impactful people in our lives. But, we often have no idea the impact we made on someone else. We can’t know.
On a much simpler level, perhaps we remember the person who waved to us today or held the door. But, we don’t know the effect of our own kind gesture today.
We are literally and figuratively leaving voicemails all the time for people and it makes a difference, good or bad.
If we want to KEEP our mental toughness, we HAVE to give it away.
Every transaction we have with someone has the potential to be transformative. We can’t know who or what will be the hinge. People will remember how we made them feel even for an instant and it has the potential to connect them to someone else.
So are we intentional about our messages?
We give away what we possess ourselves. All of us has fired off an angry email or perhaps left a not-so-friendly voicemail. If we are filled with resentment, contempt, hatred, or lack of confidence, then that is the message of our transactions. It usually effects those closest to us as well.
However, if we can be deliberate about leaving messages that are encouraging, positive, filled with confidence and hope, then a miracle occurs. We actually start to leave ourselves a message. If we act and behave in ways that are focused on others and building their own mental game, then we act our way into right thinking and our own mood and outlook changes.
That’s how Mental Toughness works. We have to give it away to keep it.
Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis. Some clients have included: Indy Eleven, University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out all the books on Mental Toughness