MENTAL RESISTANCE IN THE CONTEXT I. – Effectiveness
I recently led a pre-match mental training session with FC Zbrojovka Brno, whose goal was to tune players to the performance. The training units were also attended by PhDr. Jan Cacek Ph.D., head of athletics at Fsps MUNI, who is preparing FCZ Brno for more than 9 years. After the training, I asked him if he wanted to give feedback from his point of view. He replied: “A lot of what you have demonstrated here could be challenged and opposed from a scientific point of view. However, I will not do this because I would have to go into detail and I would draw attention to the goal of today’s training – that is to understand the essence of how I can maximize my performance at a given moment. In this context, the whole training unit today gave me clear sense and I see it as very useful. “
I would like to use Dr Cack’s answer as a reflection point for clarifying an important concept that plays a leading role in mental resilience – the word “efficiency“.
“Often the opposite of” good “is not” bad “but” well-meaning “
… this phrase was told by my Swiss colleague Sven years ago, co-founder of the Mental Supremacy® methodology. We all know the feeling that we are absolutely sure that we know the maximum about the subject, and we can help our fellow colleague, partner or friend. But let us have the best arguments, our well-intentioned councils are not accepted by the other side, and vice versa. Sooner or later the situation turns against us. We are bad, though we thought well and sincerely, we have to face charges for causing an unwanted situation. “That I do not care,” we say later. This is especially true in personal relationships.
It is this unwanted impact of our effort that the opposite is the word efficiency. We are following something for our action, but we will get something else. Just like a football player with excellent kick technique, the team does not help if the teammates do not record the ball, and the fact that we have quality information does not mean that we can effectively use it when it’s simply not allowed. In every area of life, but in sport in particular, one fundamental law applies:
There is no right or wrong, but only effectively or ineffectively.
This fact is beautifully summed up in one sentence by Tom Cruise in the famous Top Gun: “No Points for Seconds.” We can simply do things well, but if we do not get to the right moment and our action does not fall on fertile soil, we will not be effective.
- Like a keen man who tried to spend his personal time to finish the project for his boss, and when he was going to announce it, he was struggling just as his supervisor got information from the leadership that the whole project would be from economic reasons. The first day, he had a good feeling. Few days later, he could not save his time. In this way, all of his energy was passed by the effect.
- Likewise, a husband who comes with a good mood to his wife and buys wine and a puget of roses with a vision of a nice evening, he comes home and he has the intention to tell her, the woman with two good-minded remorse for his delays changes in his imagination nice evening to nightmare and conflict.
- And just as an athlete, who has been honestly practicing the whole season, for some non-objective reason does not fit into the newly hired trainer’s set and since he is already after the transfers, he will sit on his bench in his tattered form.
These “injustices of fate” are surely happening to everyone we know from our lives. And if do not, then at least we know where this is happening. How do we usually react to this? Are we taking that hand and doing the next action? Of course not. After such an experience, it takes a few minutes, hours, days or weeks before we get out of this failure again, and we are again motivated to take another action. The manager says, “Why should I go back to something else when it’s okay?” The husband either sits down to the computer or unleashes the argument with the words “I’m stupid poisoned to buy the roses, and you shoot me down” and the athlete wonders if he has everything at all. In sum, we usually feel to be victims of circumstances with later questions like, “Why is this happening to me? Why me? “These situations and our emotionally stressed states are seduced by the absence of happiness or unfortunate coincidences. But are they really coincidences? Are there any rules that we can stick to to be effective in what we do and prevent these inconveniences? I say that to some extent yes. Only understanding the efficacy rules is not so in the depth of exact sciences as in the breadth of our intellectual scope and understanding of the concept of mental resilience.
For the purpose of 1MSS.cz, I decided to publish a series of follow-up practical articles aimed at explaining the topic of mental resilience not only in the sporting area, but at the same time to share instructions on how to systematically increase this ability in everyday life.