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Obliterate mental blocks & increase confidence exponentially.
“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” -Brene Brown
Most competitive athletes have a certain level of confidence. However, as the competitive levels increase in difficulty, your need to control your thoughts also increases.
Your thoughts directly influence your level of confidence. Every aspect of sports psychology comes down to the ability of an athlete to have confidence in themselves.
It’s all about increasing your confidence! Confidence is trust in oneself and one’s abilities, whether you are in an individual sport or a team sport.
Do you believe you will achieve your goals? Do you believe your team will achieve their goals? Do your teammates want to perform their best as sincerely as you do?
Understand that, “What you tell yourself is ten times more powerful than what anybody else tells you.” It doesn’t matter what your coach says, or a sports psychologist, or a best friend.
If you tell yourself you will achieve a certain level of success, then your brain will believe you and you will look for opportunities and put in the work to make that happen.
When desiring a certain outcome in sports, if you were to take two clones–meaning they both had the same capabilities, physical structure, coaching, equal opportunities, and the only difference is that one clone consistently did mental training, then my question to you is, Which clone would be more successful?
This is a rhetorical question. The mentally trained clone would outperform the other clone consistently. Why?
Because being able to manage your thoughts creates a reality that is always a success. This does not mean a mentally trained athlete wins every time.
This means that win or fail, every opportunity is seen as a success in the sense that the athlete performed better than he/she did in the past, or is looking forward to learning from what they did not do well. Managing your mind allows you to fail and see it as an opportunity for growth.
There is no failure unless you choose to see it as such. Mental toughness comes from learning from mistakes and getting back up again, to work smarter, and to build up yourself in every aspect so you can perform at your peak level.
Here are 3 things you can do immediately to increase your confidence as an athlete:
“Change your thoughts, change your world”
-Norman Vincent Peale