Developing mental fitness may not guarantee athletic success, but it does provide athletes with the best chance for achievement while allowing them to have fun along the way. “Figuring it out” – what makes athletes tick, what makes them happy, what gets them engaged and challenged – is the best path to success with joy.
There are three categories of strategies that high level athletes use to develop into healthy and happy adults while also getting peak performance outcomes that match their capabilities. At the elite levels, a minimal performance enhancement of 3 percent can make the difference between winning a gold medal and not winning an Olympic spot. Even for athletes not gunning for Olympics, a small improvement can have a significant impact on performance.