Competition has long been a good way to motivate people, but professional and extreme amateur athletes are subjected to it so they can accomplish their goals. Beating the people competing against them is their main focus, and it can lead them to make mistakes that will take a toll in other parts of their life. Rather than keeping their focus solely on training and competition, maintaining mental balance should require them to pay attention to other parts of their life so they can fall back them in a healthy manner if their competitive days are suddenly over.
Family and friends often understand when an athlete is training for competition, and their support helps. Knowing their loved ones are behind them makes it easier to let go of their concerns to focus on their goals, and they will generally find it helps motivate them to succeed. There comes a time when any athlete should take a break, and they should first renew their relationships with those who have been supportive. Taking time to visit and enjoy friends and family off the field of competition should be a regular goal.
A look at the future often can show that an athletic career in competition will be limited, so planning for a future is important. Some athletes work toward that even as they train to win in the arena, but others seem to forget there will be a time after competition. Their mental focus is far too narrow, and they might be adrift when an injury ends their career. A good mental balance is the knowledge that future will require changes, but it should not be seen as an end of the good life.
Mental focus is very important for athletes training and amateurs working towards a goal in an extreme sport. Being able to keep focus can be helpful, but it should not be used as an excuse to ignore other parts of life. Being able to switch mental gears could be a sign that an athlete has learned how to focus properly, and they are maintaining a good mental balance in all parts of their life.