Well-rounded athletes can overcome adversity without breaking down emotionally or getting stuck in a negative mindset. They know how to manage negative thoughts, so that their performance isn’t influenced by anxiety, nervousness and stress.
This capacity to adapt and overcome after difficult experiences is often referred to as mental toughness. Athletes with this skill don’t avoid or deny negative emotions; they experience sadness and emotional pain like everyone else. However, they bounce back quickly thanks to their “mental elasticity”. For this reason, the American Psychological Association and other experts refer this skill as resilience.
Athletes high in resilience are emotionally grounded, enabling them to return to their normal state of balance (homeostasis) faster after a disappointing experience. In other words, they do their best, and let go of the rest.