How to Have Proactive Confidence Confidence can gain momentum like a snowball growing in size as it barrels down a hill… But, also, confidence can come crashing down like an avalanche. Slight doubts can creep into your mind and slowly grow in magnitude and infiltrate other parts of your game. At that point, athletes feel less confidence … [Read more...] about What Factors Contribute to Athletes’ Confidence?
Confidence in sports
The Importance of Proactive Confidence Confidence is how strongly you believe in your ability to complete a skill. Confidence certainly is built on your past success in sports… For a gymnast, that may mean performing a solid routine or getting a personal best score. For a baseball pitcher, it means locating your pitches for strikes over … [Read more...] about How to Grow Confidence Proactively
Creating a Plan for Improvement Harsh criticism hurts an athlete but the effect of harsh criticism is doubled when it comes from within the athlete's mind. Harsh self-criticism is the quickest way to shatter confidence. Many times, athletes describe themselves as being their own biggest critic. This mindset is viewed by some in a positive … [Read more...] about How to Stop Being Self-Critical of Your Game
Can Nervousness Lead to Choking? Are you an athlete who get overly nervous? Some athletes believe they cannot be successful when they feel nervous, but this might not be the case. Nervous athletes feel like “this is who I am” and believe there is nothing they can do to control their nervousness. So they enter competitions feeling … [Read more...] about Are you Nervous in Competition?
How to Use Pregame "Nerves" to your Advantage Many athletes have misconceptions about the effects of pregame “nerves” before competition sport. *Misconception 1: Elite athletes are NEVER nervous. *Misconception 2: It's the total lack of nerves that cause elite athletes to be successful. *Misconception 3: Elite athletes are born with … [Read more...] about Pregame Nerves Facts and Fiction