Maintaining Confidence After a Bad Performance
Every athlete in every sport will have a bad performance. There are no exemptions from this rule… It is true for all athletes.
Yes, it stinks… Yes, it is hard to take… And, yes, sometimes it happens at the most inopportune times…
You can’t change that bad game, poor play, or shaky performance. That competition is in the past.
What you can control is how you respond and how you improve for the next competition.
With the right mindset, you can maintain a high level of confidence and quickly bounce back from a bad performance.
Lauri Markkanen is a rookie power forward with the Chicago Bulls and has no shortage of confidence.
After one college basketball season with the University of Arizona, Markkanen entered the 2017 NBA draft and was the 7th overall pick.
Confidence is often a struggle for such young players and, with being selected high in the draft, expectations can feel overwhelming which weighs heavy on a player’s confidence.
Despite all this, Markkanen has maintained a level of confidence even after having a bad game.
In one of the Bulls’ last preseason games, Markkanen had a dreadful game shooting 1-for-9, including 0-for-6 from three-point range.
MARKKANEN: “I just try to get back to the gym as quickly as possible and work on things. Watch film, what did I do wrong, missed shots and stuff like that. I’m ready to move on and play the next game. That’s what I love about this challenge. There’s a next one coming up quick.”
Two nights later, Markkanen bounced back from his previous poor performance and shot 7-for-12 overall and 4-for-7 from three-point range against one of the league’s best teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
How is Markkanen able to maintain his confidence and bounce back after a bad performance, even while facing great pressure?
There are a few mindsets at play that can help you bounce back after a bad performance.
You can maintain your confidence by controlling what you can control:
- You can control your effort.
- You can learn from your past.
- You can look to improve your technique.
- You can let go of the past.
- You can focus on what is in front of you.
- You can focus on your strengths, talents and successes.
- You can choose a positive attitude.
If you want to maintain a high degree of confidence and quickly bounce back after a bad performance, have a mindset similar to Markkanen and tell yourself, “There’s another competition coming up,” to prepare for.
A Tip for Bouncing Back from a Bad Performance:
Control the Controllables – First, you need to identify what is under your control and those things which you cannot control.
Learn and Grow – Since you have no control over what has already happened, you need learn from the past and grow for the future.
Remember always, it’s not what happened that matters most; it is how you respond to what has happened that will make the biggest impact on future performances.
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