Playing well is a mixture of both mental and physical preparation. In order to reach your goals you have to spend time on your game. Regardless of your skill level, self-confidence is critical to your success on the field or court.
Self-confidence removes fear and doubt and allows the athlete to play loose, aggressive, and most importantly without the fear of failure. There is no question that an athlete’s self-confidence correlates to their performance in practice and games.
Youth sports can be a powerful vehicle to help kids build their self-confidence. The tools learned in sports can be translated and used as they progress through life.
Self-confidence may come easy for some, but most people need to work very hard to build and maintain their self-confidence. It is not a one-time exercise, but rather an ongoing process through school, sports, work, and life.
Hard Work: There is no substitute for working hard at your sport. Do not short cut preparation. How hard you work will be demonstrated in your play. Self-confidence is a result of spending the time to improve. If you have worked hard, improved your technique, and trained well, you naturally feel confident.
“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” – Michael Jordan
Making Mistakes Is Okay: Learn from your mistakes, improve on your mistakes, but don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake. A fear of failure can be very powerful and can affect your play on the field as well as your approach to the game or sport.
Celebrate the small victories: Each step you take toward improving should be celebrated. The celebration does not need to be an overt showing such as a Ronaldo goal score celebration or a touchdown dance. A simple fist thrust or smile is just fine. The goal, personally acknowledge when you have done something well.
Youth sports are a wonderful way to build life skills. Learning how to win and lose, commitment, working with a team…. Developing the proper habits to build self-confidence will help in school, career, and life.
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