Do You Have Stable Self-Confidence in Volleyball?
Confidence can be an elusive skill for a lot of athletes.
It is one of the most important mental game components, and also one of the hardest to gain and maintain.
Confidence can also impact other mental skills.
For example, when confidence is fragile, it’s likely that you’ll be distracted easily and struggle to focus in the present.
For many volleyball players, confidence depends on their immediate play.
You may go into a match feeling pretty confident, but after a couple mistakes, your confidence tanks and it becomes hard for you to play through the rest of the match.
Or, maybe your coach or a teammate reprimands you for something and that smacks down your confidence.
You might also watch a team during warm-ups and wonder how you could possibly compete with them. It’s likely that changes the level of your confidence as well.
As a volleyball player, instead of having fragile confidence, a confidence that is easily influenced by other factors (mistakes, coaches, teammates, parents, etc.), you want to have a proactive, stable self-confidence.
Notice I said “SELF”- confidence…
Confidence starts and finishes with you, “the self.”
You don’t want anything else to influence your belief in your ability to perform.
To begin to develop proactive, stable self-confidence, you want take note of your strengths as a player and any recent accomplishments you’ve had while playing volleyball.
Write down your talents and abilities–and review them before competition. This simple task will allow you to begin developing a steady self-confidence.
Additionally, note some proactive self-confidence statements, or positive self-talk to use during a match.
After an error, rather than saying to yourself, “You stink, don’t set me the ball,” say something like, “You’re a great hitter, trust your skills.”
This will support the belief in your abilities as a volleyball player and help you continue to play through with self-confidence instead of frustration.
Having a stable self-confidence as a volleyball player can be extremely difficult.
Remind yourself how many years you have trained and competed before you step on the court and know your skills do not go away overnight or after a couple mistakes.
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