Wind is the most powerful element and it will make or break your mental toughness. It impacts all of the other elements, from the spread of a wildfire, to a hurricane, and even the windchill factor. In athletics, the success of sailors and golfers hinge on the wind.
The wind will make you or break you.
On a 10 mile training run for my 1/2 Ironman, It was a windchill of 38 degrees, windy, and raining. The wind was the toughest part.
On my 5 miles out, there was a STRONG tailwind at my back. It felt good, but I also recognized it and was thankful for it.
PRAISE THE TAILWIND!
Too often we don’t even recognize the tailwind. If the wind is ever so slight, we still need to be thankful for it. We did nothing for it, but it is helping us.
It’s only after we experience the headwind that we realize how much the tailwind was there. I would much rather face the headwind early to experience the tailwind later on…
When I made the turn at mile 5, on the way back of this training run however, there was the STRONG headwind.
It was brutal! At least I was able to prepare for it, so I became thankful for it! I cheered it on.
CHEER THE HEADWIND!
The tailwind was there to assist me, but the headwind was there to improve me. The headwind is what made me better. It forced me to push through, focus, and work harder.
I don’t see many cursing the tailwind! If we are going to cheer on the tailwind, we must also thank the headwind, we can’t have it both ways.
A study in the bio-dome in the 1980’s revealed an amazing discovery for scientists. It was a perfect environment for everything to grow, especially the trees. However, when all the trees reached a certain height, They all TOPPLED OVER!
The Bio-Dome lacked the element of wind! Without it, the roots system didn’t get any stronger!
PRAISE THE TAILWIND & CHEER THE HEADWIND!
This Element Will Make or Break Your Mental Toughness.
Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis. Some clients have included: University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out the most recent book on Mental Toughness- Don’t Should on Your Kids: Build Their Mental Toughness