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For athletic success as a volleyball athlete psychologists have identified 11 mental attitudes that play a key role.


How many of these do you possess as an athlete?  or if you are a coach, do your athletes possess these mental attitudes?

  1. Desire – Desire provides the drive that carries an athlete to success. Dedicated athletes have a strong desire to improve, compete, and to win. No one gets to be the best without a burning desire to be the best. How strong is your desire?

  2. Aggressiveness – Winners make things happen rather than waiting for them to happen.  They take charge, force action, and produce results. They assert themselves strongly, make their presence felt. They thrive on competition. Are you an aggressive competitor?

  3. Determination – Determination makes winners. The refusal to quit or accept defeat; the persistence to try and try again; the willingness to practice long and hard. Determined athletes are relentless in their efforts to improve and win. Are you a determined competitor?

  4. Responsibility – Winners accept responsibility for their actions. They recognize their own mistakes and the need for change and improvement. They admit errors and will not blame others or make excuses. Do you accept personal responsibility on the volleyball court?

  5. Leadership – Winners tend to enjoy the role of leader. When leadership is needed, they step forward and take charge. They are dynamic people who like to influence others to take control of the situation. Do you take the lead?

  6. Self Confidence – Self confidence build winners. Winners have confidence in their abilities and can act decisively. They believe they can successfully meet challenges, handle unexpected situations. Never doubt their own ability. Do you believe in yourself?

  7. Emotional control – Successful athletes can handle the pressure of competitive sports.  They stay cool, adjust quickly, and are not upset by bad breaks or bad calls. They deliver top performance regardless of the circumstances. Do you stay cool under pressure during a volleyball game?

  8. Mental toughness – Mental toughness is a huge factor in athletic success. Winners can accept strong criticism and rigorous training from a demanding coach. They recover quickly from setbacks, don’t fall apart when the going gets rough. Can you accept strong criticism?

  9. Coachability – Winners respect the coach and the coaching process. They know that coaching is important to their development and progress as an athlete. They are receptive to the coach’s advice and follow it. Are you receptive to coaching?

  10. Conscientiousness – Winners have high standards of character. They have a deep sense of obligation, and know a team must have discipline to be successful. They put the welfare of the team first, and don’t bend the rules to suit themselves. How conscientious are you?

  11. Trust – Winners are believers. They accept people at face value, and know that mutual trust is a major factor in building team morale and unity. Trusting athletes communicate and cooperate better with their teammates and coach. Do you trust other people?

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“ Everything you say and do is a reflection of the inner you…”

How you think or perceive yourself as a person and a volleyball player is critical.

Self - Awareness is the skill of evaluating oneself honestly to determine an understanding of self or simply a recognition of your strengths and weaknesses, and your potential both as a person and as an athlete. As you progress through the season hopefully you will understand that and believe that you are:

  1. Able to gain complete control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, provided you recognize these for what they really are - either a hindrance or one of help in the precise pursuit of your aspirations.

  2. Able to systematically create, as a consequence of this awareness, a plan to reach your potential, by programming and establishing routine behaviors.

Self - Awareness is the skill of understanding who you are as an athlete, and as a person,including your strengths and weaknesses. It is truly a unique skill, encompassing a conscious recognition of behaviors including attitudes, feeling, values, abilities, and physical traits. This may be the most important skill you will learn throughout your career. It is essentially the self-actualization of Who You Are, and every other skill we utilize has a direct correlation to this skill.

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