How to Have Stable Confidence Do you buy into the negativity from other people? Do you lose confidence when others critique your game? Just this week, I received a message from a soccer player who said: "I'm often challenged mentally during practice if a teammate tells me how I can't do a certain thing, such as properly marking my opponent. I end up questioning my ability to do so, … [Read more...] about Athletes Who React Poorly to Criticism
How to be Mentally Prepared on the Bench One of the most challenging situations for athletes is knowing you're good enough to start, be on a relay team, get more playing time, or make a travel squad yet you are not given an opportunity by the coach. Not getting a chance to contribute to a team can erode confidence. And confidence is the very thing you need when it's time to show others you … [Read more...] about Are You Good Enough to Start on Your Team, but Don’t?
Why Stable Confidence is So Important Confidence is important for athletes… But confidence in the face of adversity is hallmark of champions. When having success, high confidence is much easier but, when obstacles appear, keeping your confidence high becomes more difficult. For example, the baseball pitcher who was awarded the MVP for two consecutive years but gives up game-winner home … [Read more...] about How to Stay Confident Despite Obstacles
How to Perform Consistently in Volleyball Have you ever performed in the "zone?" We're sure you've heard the "zone" hype and want to enter the zone? A reader recently asked the question: "How can you get yourself into the 'zone?'" You hear about the zone being this elated experience, where your performance feels almost effortless, like you’re on autopilot. What athlete wouldn’t want to … [Read more...] about Strive for Consistency, Not The Zone
Focusing on The Positives of Your Performance Have you been disappointed after a game because you lost, or thought you played poorly? Do you recognize your performance as either good or bad? Do you give yourself credit where credit is due? Australia lost to France on Saturday 2-1 in their World Cup opener. Though, the team seemed to have transformed from their pre-tournament … [Read more...] about How to Play More Confidently in Sports
How to Help Teammates Struggling With Confidence What do you do when you notice a teammate struggling with confidence on the court? A recent question from our readers asked: "How do you help teammates who are struggling with confidence?" Confidence can be low or fragile on the court for many reasons... Volleyball players lose confidence after making mistakes, or maybe they feel they … [Read more...] about Confidence on The Volleyball Court
How to Communicate With Your Teammates Has a star teammate of yours ever struggled in a big game? What did you do? Did you give them a little pep talk or sit back and continue to watch the battle? Did you WANT to help them? Were you scared of how they’d respond? On Saturday night, the Warriors were able to force a Game 7 with a 115-86 win over the Rockets in Game 6. Draymond Green … [Read more...] about Communication For Team Success
How to Be Proactive With Your Confidence After a loss or a couple bad games, does your confidence drop? Do you feel like you’re stuck and can’t pull yourself out? Are you thinking the next game will also be a struggle? Steph Curry, who’s probably my favorite athlete right now, has had a fairly rough post-season this year... He suffered an MCL sprain back in March and has been questioned … [Read more...] about How to Be Confident Like Steph Curry
How to Stop Overthinking in Competition Peak performance in sports occurs when you have a calm mind and can react to your environment. Over thinking can cloud your judgments and send too many signals to your body at one time. Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons after the 108-103 Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics tweeted about his "overthinking" during the game... He committed five … [Read more...] about How Over Thinking Sabotages Athletes’ Performance
Staying Mentally Tough Against Top Competitors Facing a "Goliath" opponent is daunting for any athlete or team. There is a mystique around a dominant team, a team with several multiple top-tier athletes or a highly-decorated athlete. These opponents, at times, appear unbeatable. When facing high-caliber opponents with a winning history, there are two approaches... The mindset you choose … [Read more...] about Can The Eagles Beat The Patriots with Mental Toughness?