|Need a boost of confidence? Here's how to get it|
|December 4, 2018|
Athletes covet nothing more than self-confidence, and that goes for both professionals and weekend warriors. So, consider the following sport psychology tips for developing your own self-confidence.
So, begin by eliminating failure experiences that occur when you spread yourself too thin playing multiple sports, play up with better players too much, or continue playing when in a slump.
Then, practice, practice, practice the specific skills necessary to deal with particular situations that challenge you in your sport. Develop safe, go-to techniques that you can fall back on when doubt seeps in. And enter appropriate levels of competition that give you a fair chance of winning and pairing your "self" with success.
When you can make those last shots, you will have built confidence for the real game situation.
Most of all, realize that this player, built just like you, can do it, so you should be able to learn to perform this skill, too.
While you used to label these situations as your lacking confidence, now call them cues for reaching back for a little extra. You're excited, primed, pumped - in your element. Remind yourself that, thankfully, this isn't happening to someone else who hasn't practiced and become as confident and capable as you.
You can say to yourself with absolute truth that "an opponent might be better than me, but he can't be any better prepared." So, let's see whose preparation wins out on this given day.
British novelist E. M. Forster once said, "The people I respect the most behave as if they were immortal." He would have liked Italian Winter Olympic ski champion Alberto Tomba, who, when asked what he says to himself after one of his great downhill runs, responded, "I say, 'Congratulations, Alberto.'"
Short, simple and supremely confident.
Dr. Tom Dorsel, a resident on Hilton Head Island, is a clinical-sport psychologist and author of "GOLF: The Mental Game." Dorsel.com
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