. . . and the other half is physical.
The title is a quote from Wayne Gretzky, who was talking about hockey, of course. But it applies to whatever your sport of choice is.
Physical: of or relating to the body as opposed to the mind
Except when it comes to physical fitness, I don’t think the mind and body can be separated. Consider this quote fro JFK:
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
–John F. Kennedy
If you run for any amount of time, you’ll come to know that at least half the battle is mental, not physical. Almost anybody can run — they just have to believe that they can run.
When it comes to testing our physical limits, there’s not greater test than the Olympics. Time after time, you see athletes who doubt themselves, and you see the athletes that believe that there are no physical limits, that the only limits we place on ourselves are mental limits.
Of course sometimes we still come up short. It’s not always mental, sometimes it’s physical — an injury we can’t overcome, an illness, or someone just had a better day. It happens.
One thing I know for sure
Physical and mental toughness go together. If your mind isn’t in the game, most likely your body won’t be, either. The following quote sums up what I’m trying to get at much better than I did:
It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.
–Marcus Tullius Cicero
Tell me in the comments:
How do you work on your mental game?
Are you stronger physically or mentally?
Was there a time when your brain/heart got you through when your body wanted to quit?