The Pendleton Panther

Is it all mental?

Posted on: March 16, 2010

At soccer I am continuously told that weakness is “all mental.” When you tell yourself that “you can’t do it” or “ it’s not possible for me to go on” is that just mental? Even though when your running continuous sprints and your body is telling you it can’t go on any longer, is that all mental? How do you distinguish between something that’s mental, and feelings that you simply can’t control? Especially here, I am typically being told that if you tell yourself “you can do it” then you’ll be able to push yourself beyond the depths you thought you could.  But can you really tell your body when to stop feeling tired, or to stop aching?  I personally wish pain and exhaustion was mental, because then I’d turn it off on a daily basis. I believe that weakness is not mental, the choice to give up or not is.

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