How many times have we heard “their nerves just got the best of them,” or “gosh, what a temper they have! They are constantly getting penalities and thrown out of games.” It is good to have intense emotions in sport because they are motivating, but when they can’t be managed they hold us back from reaching the next level of excellence in sport.It has been said that athletics are 90% mental and 10% physical, and yet the main focus in sport for years has been training our physical selves for competition. Why is this? Is it because of the stigma that doing anything that deals with the mental process is for people only with “problems” or is it because we just haven’t had enough data to back up the empasis on mental toughness? With a growing number of atheltes admitting to practicing mindfulness and other areas of mental toughness along with empirical data, it is my hope that we can break through this stigma. Don’t you want to be the best in your sport? If so, the writing is on the wall, we can’t continue to neglect the 90% of our athletic performance and expect to be great.In my opinion, there are many talented athletes in ameature and professional sports, and the thing that sets apart the good from the great are skills of mental toughness. So much emphasis is spent on acquiring and strengthening the sport IQ. It seems like a no brainer to not only focus on the 10% (our sport knowlegde and physical edge), but to also focus on the 90%, in order to be great. I think that it is time to start building mental endurance, which is why I am excited about launching our DBT for Athletes program. We will focus on the 90%, in order to move the athlete to the next level of performance. Don’t let stigma, time, or anything else get in the way. If Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter, Ricky Williams, and many more prioritize the 90% then so can you!Learn more about Sports Minded Performance at