How do Athletes Cultivate Confidence?

By Maurice Tanel

ATHLETEs NEED TO BE CONFIDENT in their abilities OR PERFORMANCE DURING COMPETITION WILL SUFFER. HOW DO ATHLETES CULTIVATE THIS CONFIDENCE? LET’S BE VERY CLEAR…CONFIDENCE IS NOT FOUND, IT IS CULTIVATED THROUGH the DISCIPLINE of their growth habits DURING the PREPARATION process.

A valuable contributor to cultivating confidence is through the effort an athlete puts into improving their skills. A athlete’s commitment through such growth habits as ‘turning mistakes into a learning tool’ and ‘making skill correction a priority’ will have a positive impact towards cultivating their confidence going into competition.

By bringing the discipline of these growth habits into the preparation process, athletes will feel more confident going into competition. Knowing they have ‘prepared’ for the challenge will also help reduce some of the pressure of the outcome.

Parents and coaches that reinforce the importance of growth habits during the preparation process and encourage the effort of skill training, will empower the athlete to believe that no matter the outcome of a game, their discipline of effort and commitment will help them improve for their next game.

For more expert insight into ‘How do athletes cultivate Confidence’, please read this wonderful article by John O’Sullivan, author of Changing the Game

Confidence is Earned

‘One of the most common questions I got as a coach from parents was “How do I make my kid more confident?”  I wish there was an easy answer, but really, there is not.  You see, one of the great misconceptions about confidence is that it can be bought, or given, and it CANNOT.  Confidence is earned by an athlete through gaining competence, i.e. skill.  If you want your athlete to have confidence, then get him or her to train harder, train better, and train more.’ Click Here to continue reading the article.

Don’t focus on what performance results will get you notice but rather the personal growth process that will help you improve and reach your goals.

Maurice (Moe) Maurice is the Program Director and Development Consultant at Team Shutout Goalie School.

For further information on this or any other questions you may have please feel free to contact him by email at [email protected]