The way you manage pressure has a huge impact on your performance. About 90% of coaches don’t rightly understand this important concept. This article isn’t designed to offend average coaches, but rather to educate both coaches and players as to what it means to be mentally strong.
Carol Dweck of Stanford University, Author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, has identified 2 distinctly different mindsets of most coaches – the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.
The first is the “Fixed Mindset,” in which an athlete sees ability as set. Either you have talent or you don’t. Either you are smart or you aren’t. This mindset is a dead-end because whether you succeed or not is determined by something totally outside you control