The workplace is like a match, mental strength decides who wins!

On the sports field it is often the athletes who perform best who attract attention. As well as being ahead of others in terms of skill, their continuing success depends on stable performance, focus and self-confidence. If they don’t have these things, even if they have exceptional physical capability or ability, they will find it hard to achieve regular success in competition.

Stringing is a skill, and an art
How self confident are you?

As well as an athlete’s own ability, mental strength has become one of the main indicators that people use to determine whether an athlete will win a match in recent years.Ho Fei-peng, founder of Business Weekly, said: “Mental strength often refers to a person’s healthy, positive outlook, a calm, experienced and steady way of doing things, and ability to control emotions when treated unfairly or in pressure situations.” How, then, can mental strength be trained in everyday training?

1. Often have an honest dialogue with yourself or talk openly with a trusted partner

You can often ask yourself: What is your motivation for playing your sport or taking part in a competition and what are your needs? Do you really love your sport? Why? Do you have any beliefs or ideals relating to your sport? What are your values with regards to winning and losing? These questions have no standard answers; being honest with yourself, confirming beliefs and feeling of meaning will reinforce your determination when you play your sport and also stabilize your mood.

2. Be your own coach

This doesn’t mean firing your existing coach. A good sportsperson needs to develop third party eyes and have an objective understanding of their observation, attention, imagination and memory power. This objective understanding of these powers will allow them to be more suitably integrated and allow you to make correct judgment and think correctly during a match. A coach will never really know exactly what you are thinking so discuss what you observe with your coach; a good coach will, as a result be able to formulate a more suitable training plan.

Professional stringers busily at work
Connect with your coach frequently.

3. Nurture self-confidence, be kind to yourself

In training it is very easy to be too demanding of yourself and, over time, feelings of frustration can accumulate, dissipating your determination to persevere and try hard. The first point above talked about being honest with yourself and that it allows your shortcomings to be easily seen, however, being kind to yourself is a good way of nurturing self-confidence. Training should proceed gradually, without being too hard on yourself, accepting you as you are now; this isn’t turning a blind eye to your shortcomings, it will allow you to change the direction the knife in your head cuts from inward to outwards, making you more confident and thus more effective.

4. Balance your social role, maintain harmonious relations with positive communication

In a match, your relationship with your partner(s) is often the key to success or failure. The amount you care about a match will sometimes affect your relationships with others. In everyday training, as well as nurturing tacit mutual understanding, mentally supporting and being supported by your partner(s) and trusting and being trusted by them is an important factor that will allow you to bring your ability fully into play when you play a formal match. In addition, the support of people who care about you can also help you face a match.

Good mental strength is also useful in terms of inter-personal relations. Training mental strength doesn’t have to be conducted according to a fixed schedule like training for sports and can be gradually nurtured in daily life, when walking, sitting, lying down and talking with others. When mental strength is achieved you will find that it is the key to victory, not just on court but also at school, in the workplace or in any pressure situation.

( Edit by VICTOR Badminton )

Hung, Li-hsuan
National Hsinchu University of Education
Project Manager of 104 Career Development Center
Hua-lien Social Affairs and Information Department
Counseling Center of Taiwan Hospitality & Tourism University
National Conscription Agency Ministry of the Interior
Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare