"A positive attitude should be trained in the mind, just like any physical attribute is trained in the body...

I was most of the way through my first Grand Tour (a three week bike race), when I realized the only obstacle I had control over, was my attitude. If I were going to compete and finish, the course, competitors, and overall conditions would persist in full force, whether I wanted them to or not. The only way to make things better, was in my own mind. I had to begin "practicing" a positive attitude. I had to make light of difficulties, downplay challenges and artificially boost my own confidence. I don't know if it was an immediate success in that race, but continuing it years later definitely has been. Positivity is your first and last defense against difficulties - it makes you tough and resilient. These are things that my not come naturally, but can certainly grow and improve overtime. Any type of athlete would benefit from exercising their positive attitude!"