Imagine if you believed in yourself 100% every time you stepped on the field. What if you went into every game without a shadow of a doubt that you had all of the skills and abilities you need to be successful?
What would change for you?
Having unshakeable confidence will allow you to go out and play without questioning whether or not you’re going to make the right play. It will allow you to accept pressure and allow it to drive you rather than crush you. You won’t allow others expectations get in your head because you have a clear vision for yourself, and believe in that vision. Most of all, you will have fun on the field! You won’t be worried about judgement from others or making a mistake, allowing you to enjoy playing!
Having confidence in yourself on the field is a game changer. But where does confidence come from?
Some people assume confidence is something you either have or you don’t. As if one person is born with it and one person isn’t. That is a myth. Confidence can be developed just like any other skill. And it comes from you! It comes from the way you talk to yourself, the beliefs you have about yourself and the way you think about yourself.
When you’ve made doubting, worrying, and judging yourself a habit, it takes time to change that. Building confidence requires you to continue to form a new habit of lifting yourself up and becoming your own hype woman. But more than that it requires you to continually check in with yourself, celebrate your wins, believe in yourself, and talk to yourself as if you’re talking to your best friend.
This means letting go of constantly nagging yourself for making a mistake. You will need to let go of replaying the negatives rather than the positives. And you will need to learn to turn to yourself for positive feedback, rather than relying on other people to provide you with positive feedback.
So how do we build your confidence?
- Remind yourself of what your strengths are rather than your weaknesses. You don’t need to continually remind yourself, “I can’t shoot with my left foot”. Write down a list of your strengths, what you are good at and ways that your strengths contribute to your team. Read through it daily!
- Celebrate your accomplishments. After every practice and game, the first thing you should ask yourself is, “what did I do well today?”. Before you say, “nothing!”, force yourself to come up with a minimum of 3 things.
- Relive past successes. Think of a time where you played your best and replay that in your mind. Think of the way you felt when you were playing. And relive that experience to remind yourself of what you’re capable of.
- Create a routine that makes you feel confident going into your day. No matter what it is, we all have something that allows us to embrace the strong, powerful, and confident person within us. Listen to a song that lifts you up. Wear your hair a certain way that gives you confidence. Repeat a mantra to yourself that reminds you how great you are. Find what it is that allows you to hype yourself up and feel positive about yourself.
Building confidence is something that takes just as much dedication and effort that learning a new sport skill requires. You will be forming a new habit of embracing your strengths, celebrating your wins, and lifting yourself up!
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