Growing Confidence in Sports Are you (or your athletes) overly self-critical of your game after losing or a poor performance? If so, you are not alone. Many athletes criticize their performance after a loss--and this is another confidence buster. If you're self-critical of your performance and dwell on shortcomings, how will you grow your confidence from competition to competition? We know … [Read more...] about Mental Game Tips to Assess Performance and Grow Confidence
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In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question from a sports dad who says his son loses confidence under pressure. Learn how to keep confidence and have fun in sports when under pressure! Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your … [Read more...] about How Parents Who Are Coaches Can Instill Confidence in Athletes
Does Your Confidence Tank After the Warm Up? Do you (or your athletes) have to perform well in warm ups to feel confident at the start of competition? I'm sure you build confidence from lots or practice and training. But what happens to your confidence when you don't perform up to your expectations during the the warm up? This is a common confidence-buster for athletes: They judge the … [Read more...] about Athletes Who Lose Confidence When They “Lose” Warm Ups
Changing Beliefs for Perfectionists Athletes who are perfectionist can struggle with low confidence in both practice and competition. Perfectionists demand a lot from themselves about the quality of their performance. They have high expectations. This can lead to self-doubt when these athletes do not perform up to their high standards. Perfectionists also have a hard time transferring the … [Read more...] about How Perfectionism Can Hurt Athletes Self-Confidence
Solution to Feeling Intimidated During Competition Today, I'd like to cover another big confidence destroyer and the solution: Athletes who make comparisons and thus feel intimidated. If you compare yourself to your opponents, you are prone to feel intimidated. Most of the time, you'll compare yourself to athletes who you think are better than you. This putts your competitors on a pedestal … [Read more...] about Do You or Your Athletes Feel Intimidated About the Competition?