Your confidence will go up and down throughout your training. Understand that this is normal and is part of the growing process. At times, you’ll feel like you’re improving at a rapid speed. At other times, you’ll feel like you just aren’t getting much better at all. Many different variables in your life can impact how you become more confident as an athlete.
My favorite definition of confidence is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. This helps us realize that we must constantly practice appreciating ourselves and what we are capable of, which will help build our confidence.
16 Ways To Be More Confident Today
1. Have proper sleep, nutrition and stress management — take care of yourself!
2. Get encouraging feedback from others.
3. Use positive self-talk.
4. Regularly practice gratitude by appreciating your abilities, qualities, environment, past and support team.
5. Use strong body language.
6. Overcome barriers and regularly face challenges.
7. Reach personal goals or exceed expectations.
8. Prepare yourself as much as you can.
9. Embrace your imperfections and vulnerabilities — yes, this can actually help your confidence. Many people feel inadequate or that their flaws are holding them back. We can all work on accepting that we are imperfect and focus on progress instead.
10. Spend your time with people who lift you up.
11. Focus on solutions (instead of problems).
12. Help others — it might sound cheesy but you will feel better about yourself by volunteering or spending time making other people’s lives better.
13. Believe that you are loved and worthy.
14. Maintain consistency with practice and routines.
15. Redefine “failure” and your response to it.
16. Study other people similar to you who are successful, also known as “vicarious experience.” For example, after Roger Bannister became the first person to break the four-minute mile, it was broken many times, and now all top milers break this mark routinely. The ability of one person to break this “insurmountable” limit gave others the confidence that it could be done and that they could also do it.
You can continue to work on your confidence with any of the above practices or with something else that helps you. Regularly appreciate yourself and your abilities and you’ll feel more at ease and ready to take on anything. When you believe that you’re strong and capable, you will be more capable. Your confidence, or lack of confidence, will determine how you approach everything. To be your best, you must believe in your ability, potential, training, team and coaching. You must have faith in the process and know that you can get through any situation.
Confident athletes know how to use self-talk to help them get through tough workouts. They know that they will face challenges and get uncomfortable but they believe that they will come out on top. Remember, confidence is a desirable characteristic. Arrogance is not. That’s why balance and coachability are also factors that make up your mentality.
Which of these do you want to work on? Comment with the top three that you’re going to put time and effort in.