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Mental Toughness...

by: Robby Richardson 1/30/2013
Fishing is a fun, relaxing sport that can easily be turned into a mind game!  The more we fish, the higher our expectations tend to be.  A lot of fishermen, myself included, reach a point where numbers of fish are no longer satisfactory.  The attention turns to unlocking the puzzle of big fish patterns and fishing becomes a competitive mission to out-do your last "personal best."   This can be good and bad.  

This drive will help you push the limits and learn fish behavior at an advanced rate!  However, it can also leave you with extremely high expectations to have an "In-Fisherman" moment every time you are on the water.  A lot of times in the past, when I don't have that "In-Fisherman" moment or I don't figure out the puzzle for the day, I feel bummed out and frustrated.  But over the years I have learned the importance of mental toughness! 

It's so very important to remember that every day is a new day.  Just like a shooter in the NBA, you can't dwell on the day before or even a mistake/missed shot from a few minutes prior, you must wipe the slate clean and be prepared for the present moment!  Because in the world of fishing, anything can happen at any time and if you are still mentally distraught over the fish you just missed, you might no be prepared for the fish that's about to bite!

So stay focused on the task at hand; don't beat yourself up over mistakes; and set goals/expectations, but don't take it personal if you don't reach them on your first attempt.  As Rocky said:

“It’s not how hard you can hit, it’s how hard you can be hit, how many times you can be knocked down, and keep getting up and getting back into the ring.” 

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Member comments
Coyute, CO   1/30/2013 5:20:15 PM
Good one. Getting beat up on the water does more to motivate me than a stellar day. If everything was gravy, life wouldn't be as interesting.
Muskiemaniac, CO   1/30/2013 6:50:44 PM
This all sounds really familiar! It is tough when you swing for the fences and don't connect, tough to happy with a sinlge sometimes too. I figured I would round out the sports analagies.... good work Robby
alanlf5280, CO   1/31/2013 8:07:41 AM
Great read Robby. I hear you stayed with my brother and his roommate while the Denver ISE was in town. Would have been nice to meet you.
JKaboom, CO   1/31/2013 11:11:05 PM
Point well made !!
esoxrocks, CO   2/3/2013 2:04:34 PM
Good thoughts. I try (“try” being the operative word) to think of each day and an entity unto itself i.e., different conditions mean different potential. On some days, one or two fish is a good day…or other day’s a dozen nice fish is just ok…and then there are the In-Fisherman days we all live for. As I see it, the trick is not to base my day-to-day enjoyment on the number or size of fish caught…while also maintaining the drive to get better as a fisherman. There is a fine line between becoming frustrated and taking tough days in stride on the road to becoming a better fisherman. Admittedly, sometimes maintaining this perspective is easier said than done.
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