Character & Mental Toughness- U.S. Anderson

“The man who lives through reaction to the world about him is the victim of every change in his environment, now happy, now sad, now victorious, now defeated, affected but never affecting. He may live many years in this manner, rapt with sensory perception and the ups and downs of his surface self, but one day pain so outweighs pleasure that he suddenly perceives his ego is illusory, a product of outside circumstances only. Then he either sinks into complete animal lethargy or turning away from the senses, seeks inner awareness and self-mastery. Then he is on the road to really living, truly becoming; then he begins to uncover his real potential; then he discovers the miracle of his own consciousness, the magic of his mind.“-U.S. Anderson

When parents, teachers, administrators, and fellow coaches tell me that they see that one of our players finally and inexplicably “gets it,” this is precisely what has taken place. The player has been fully humbled, but maintains their competitiveness. They find the only true route to achieve their goals is to fully discover the depths of their mental toughness and they discover and value the character traits necessary to achieve to their potential.

Thank you @DavidKanigan for sharing this quote.


About coachbillmoore

Educator/Author/Speaker/HS & NCAA Coach Character Coach Read Coach Moore’s book “On Character and Mental Toughness” Paperback available at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. "The measure of your character and mental toughness is the space between what you are doing and what you could be doing." -Coach Bill Moore
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