How to Increase Athletes Confidence in One Simple Step
Confidence is one of the biggest topics I deal with when working with athletes. It is a foundational piece to mindset training and mental skills coaching. How to increase an athlete confidence is more than just one step, however, sometimes you need to start with just one step, and then add another step once you have gotten the hang of the first one. Sometimes when we try to do too much at once we aren't very effective with any of strategy.
How to increase an athletes confidence in just one step focuses on a strategy that you can do each day to help you build the deep and long lasting confidence you need to succeed, in all situations.
Focus on Winning Today
Focus on winning today is about setting yourself up for small success each and every single day. Those small success then help you develop the confidence needed for more challenging and difficult moments. There is always something you can succeed at each day, but you need to put out the intention of what you want to focus on succeeding at, and making sure it is something that challenges you but you can also get success from.
When you focus on winning today, while there are things you are still working on improving at, you are also recognizing that there is something you did well, that you can accomplish things you set out to do. The big success are icing on the cake, but if you are relying on them to build deep and long lasting confidence, they won't. They aren't there all the time, and what happens when you do struggle or you lose? You need a base to stand on to be able to keep yourself and your confidence at a good level even when things don't go as you would like.
Winning today to help increase your confidence can be focusing on something small within a technique you are looking to improve on. It can also be about setting up some adversity and learning to deal with it. Maybe you are focused on giving 100% of your effort throughout your training today, if you accomplish it, that is a small success. It is too easy to look at all the things we feel we aren't doing well or still need to get better at that we lose sight of things we are doing well. The small success are vital to building prime confidence. Confidence that is deep and long lasting, and doesn't rely on things going well, creating a roller coaster of confidence.
To increase confidence find the small success each day.
Building confidence requires purposeful actions. If you really on something that comes and goes, like winning or success, then confidence will follow. Take control of your confidence and learn to focusing on winning today. Building confidence often requires help, to develop the strategies or skills or have someone to help guide you. If you are interested in how we can help build your confidence through our programs please contact us today.
To your success,
Kate Allgood, Owner.
About: Kate Allgood is trained in the field of applied sport psychology. She holds two graduate degrees in psychology where she graduated with distinction. She has spent the past 12+ years working one on one with high school, college, Olympic, and professional athletes to help them with their mindset, mental performance and mental skills training. Kate has also been a consultant for professional teams, including the Anaheim Ducks primary minor league affiliate the San Diego Gulls, to help the team and players develop their mental game.