By: Julia Young
What is toughness?
According to thefreedictionary.com, toughness means that someone/something is able to withstand great strain without tearing or breaking; strong and resilient. When you’re tough, or show toughness, you don’t let anything or anyone bring you down. Being tough will help you succeed in anything if it’s sports, school, or a job. When you’re tough, you keep going to matter what criticism people throw at you. Many athletes like Birgit Prinz, who is on the German soccer team, get criticized by people because of their success. Fans of opposing teams get mad so they say mean things to bring them down but, Prinz stayed tough and still remained the leading scorer in the German soccer league. This shows that toughness helps you push through anything to succeed.
Noah Galloway's toughness V.S. the Other competitors
In dancing with the Stars, there was a contestant named Noah Galloway who had one arm and one leg. Compared to the other contestants who were healthy and athletic, he was disabled and couldn't move as swiftly as the others so it was hard to stand out to the judges. Throughout the whole competition, he displayed toughness which eventually led him to the finals. The other competitors probably saw him as weak but that didn't stop him from staying tough. Although he didn't win first place, he persevered and inspired people to keep going no matter what adversity.
5 Steps to Mental Toughness
If you take a test, don’t expect to ace it without trying. You have to want and try to succeed to succeed.
When you’re facing an obstacle, don’t assume that it will be easy. You have to plan for the worst so you’re ready to push through anything.
When going through a challenge, being negative is the worst possible things to do. Staying positive will help motivate you to keep going and push through whatever you’re trying to accomplish
People will have rude things to say to throw you off or make you give up. If you don’t listen to them, nothing will stop you from succeeding.
When you’re facing an obstacle, you should always be prepared for the future, but still be aware of the present. This will help you stay tough so you’re ready for everything.