THE POWER OF CONFIDENCE LIES WITHIN
IT TAKES HOLD WHEN YOU BEGIN
TO SHOW THE WORLD ALL YOU CAN DO
IT’S IN YOUR HEART THE BEST OF YOU
We’ll show you why the power of confidence for athletes is so important for the success of the athlete in his/her particular field of endeavor. More than that, we’ll show you how you can start to achieve more self-confidence for yourself. Self-confidence is “being certain in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgment” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). The power of confidence is “the combination of knowledge and belief that you can play a certain shot or achieve a certain goal, no matter what the circumstances are” (Kremer and Moran, 2008).
If you think you will fail, you will. If you think you can win, you might. If you know you can win, you still might, but you stand a much better chance. After your opponent thinks the same as you. The secret is, to keep that power of confidence even when it starts to wane.
Athletes need to have confidence in their ability to be able to succeed in their sport. It is important to recognize that we all have the ability to have confidence: it can be trained and installed in us. For athletes who display self-confidence, their attitudes that they are going to win come as natural as breathing. With the optimum power of self-confidence, they will naturally enable themselves to perform better.
If you think you will fail, you will. If you think you can win, you might. If you know you can win, you still might, but you stand a much better chance. After your opponent thinks the same as you. The secret is, to keep that confidence even when it starts to wane.
To build their power of confidence they typically:
- Study their sport as much as they can to learn everything that they can
- Practice every chance they can get when they’re not studying
- Are always positive in their approach to their performance
- Take calculated risks to improve their performance
- Keep an “always a winner” healthy mental attitude, even when they did not win a competition
- Never feel that they know everything realizing that there’s always something to learn
- Focus on the positives on their performance, rather than letting their negatives control them
- Take all criticism well whether it’s constructive or not
- Know that it takes a lot of failures to ultimately win the most. (This may be the most important lesson to learn, as it shows you new ways to succeed!) Tom Hopkins said failure is not really a failure. It’s just another way I can’t reach my goals which takes me closer to my goals by teaching me how I can’t get there using that method.
Psychologists refer to three different types of confidence for athletes:
- Diffidence – The opposite of confidence is a feeling of apprehension or awkwardness experienced when a person is in proximity to, approaching or being
- approached by other people, especially in new situations or with unfamiliar people.
- Optimal self-confidence – The ability to achieve one’s goals and aspirations regardless of the circumstances they’re in.
- Over-confidence – Inability to recognize one’s limits to their abilities (often displayed as arrogance).
Diffidence is a complete lack of self-confidence for athletes. Athletes who experience this are not going to perform to their potential as they’re usually too scared to focus is on their abilities. Instead, they dwell on their fear of failure and this many times leads them to withdraw from the competition. Many children suffer from this when they come up against other children who have better equipment trainers or coaches. This lack of confidence will see athletes making excuses for their performance even before they take part in their event.
Optimal confidence for athletes means that the goals they set are realistic and they’re often achieved. They have the ability to look at their performance objectively and have the courage and heart to keep motivated and carry on with their training programs and competitions even when they don’t feel their best or when boredom starts to set in.
Athletes who are over-confident, however, have trouble improving their game because they already think they know everything about the game. Over-confidence can also be referred to as “false-confidence”. This is because the athlete has a skewed mental image of how they can perform and what their abilities are. They may already believe that their technical abilities are the best they can be, and as such, they don’t improve their performance.
Self-doubt and how it affects power of confidence for athletes
The definition of self-doubt is to have a “lack of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities or thoughts” The worst enemy of confidence for athletes is self-doubt. Self-doubt and anxiety can have a huge effect on an athlete’s performance. This is particularly true for most all sports, but even more so for sports \ such as golf, baseball, basketball or rugby, where the player focuses on an earlier bad shot or pass rather than thinking positively on the rest of the game. The athlete can’t afford to replay the negative shots in their mind in this case but should be focusing on the positive shot they are yet to take. Self-doubt can actually destroy confidence for athletes because self-doubt is nothing more than fear and fear is the worst enemy of confidence for athletes. Athletes that are focused on winning won’t let their self-doubt and negative thoughts enter their mind, so their self-confidence remains strong. On the other hand, athletes who let self-doubt enter their minds notice diminished skills and are tentative in their behavior, a complete reversal from their skills being automatic. This is a display of what fear does to confidence. The two cannot coincide. Another sign of fear is when self-doubt affects how an athlete sees themselves in front of an audience. They suddenly experience fear that they will look bad in front of everybody and won’t want to perform. Even if they have the skills to win, their self-doubt will affect them mentally. It can manifest itself in a cramp, injury or just loss of concentration. Athletes that have confidence in their abilities are athletes who have their fears under control. This is why practice is so important. The best reason to practice is that athletes who are confident in their abilities at a lower competitive level, won’t be affected by self-doubt when they reach higher levels of competition.Practice makes their responses automatic when the game is on.
How to overcome self-doubt and a lack of confidence for athletes
Remembering past victories is always a good way to increase confidence, but what if you have no victories? For athletes who are looking for their first win, emulating what they’ve seen in the best players in the game is the best way to increase your knowledge, which in turn will increase your confidence. Practice is key to overcoming self-doubt and a lack of confidence for athletes. As mentioned above, practice makes your actions and reactions of the game become automatic so when the doubts start to enter your mind, the automatic actions your body learned while practicing overcome those doubts and allow you to keep up the confidence in your game. The repetition of a positive statement or belief should become an athlete’s mantra. They need to visualize themselves acting out this statement. For example: “I am the greatest” (Mohammed Ali). These are affirmations and affirmations aside of practice may be an athlete’s best friend.
Affirmations are key to confidence for athletes. Make affirmations part of your daily routine. This is the best and easiest manner on which to build your self-confidence. Affirmations work to train your sub-conscience mind to think in positive ways. Write out several positive statements to improve your game and keep them with you at all times so you can look at them when you’re not doing anything else. Do this until you internalize all of them and can repeat them verbatim. without looking at them Only then will they become embedded in your subconscious. Then your confidence will come from within and you’ll be stuck with it for the rest of your life.
Be careful not to extend your confidence into arrogance. When you allow that to happen, your narcissism gets in the way and destroys all you’ve accomplished, to build your confidence. When writing your affirmations, you need to focus on specific achievable goals. This makes the challenge manageable and will motivate you to achieve those personal goals. Once you achieve them, create higher goals to achieve. Make affirmations for those goals, internalize them and repeat until you’ve achieved all you want to achieve.
Always make your goals positive. Aim for targets to benefit mankind as well as yourself, always keeping in mind how you want to be remembered. Do you want to be remembered for what you did for mankind or to mankind? Both types had plenty of confidence, but what they’re remembered for, is what they used that confidence for. Did they use it for mankind? Or did they use it for selfish purposes? In the case of the latter, what then, did they do, to mankind? I’ve learned the more selfless you are the less selfish you tend to be. One attribute can replace the other, but it depends on your affirmations. If they’re positive and constructive, you’ll probably end up being a blessing to mankind.
If your affirmations are negative and full of fear, you’ll end up alienating a lot of people, who will eventually turn against you, which will ultimately keep you from reaching your goals. Negative affirmations always lead to fear and fear always leads to anger. That is the reason in itself not to make any affirmation negative. Negativity leads to fear. Fear is counterproductive. It’s only useful for tyrants. Do you want to be thought of as a tyrant or would you rather be thought of as a benefit to mankind? Your answer will dictate how you make your affirmations and that in turn will dictate what kind of a person you’ll turn into. That means, don’t just aim for success. Aim for how you can benefit man, through your actions and choices, that bring you success.
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