Mental toughness is a buzz word that can mean a lot of things. In fact, one of the hardest things to do is determine how mentally tough you really are.
The best way to measure mental toughness is to evaluate how you respond to certain situations during a wrestling match.
For instance, let's say you get taken down and turned in the first 30 seconds of a match...
Do you struggle to get back in the match and start thinking things like "This isn't going well, I can't believe I let him take me down and turn me."
Do you turn it up a notch and think "Okay that wasn't supposed to happen. Now I'm going to make you pay for it."
When things don't go well your response, and subsequent actions, is a good indicator of how mentally tough you are.
The great thing about mental toughness is it can be developed.
The bad thing about it is most wrestlers don't know exactly what to do to become mentally tougher.
Elite wrestlers know that they must demand certain things of themselves to become mentally tougher.
Great coaches set a standard and insist on it to help their athletes develop mental toughness.
I have had a couple of conversations with Daryl Weber about developing mental toughness in wrestlers.
Daryl wrestled under Dan Gable, the icon of mental toughness, so you can imagine he's learned a few things about the subject over the years.
And more importantly, he knows exactly what to demand of his athletes if they are going be mentally tough on the mat.
Here's a blog post Daryl wrote titled, 7 Situations that Measure a Wrestler's Match Toughness.
Here's what I recommend you do. Read the blog and evaluate how many of these 7 situations you are following Daryl's philosophy.
Then start making sure you handle these situations properly in every match you wrestle.
You'll find your mental toughness increases and you'll win more matches.