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Can you Really Create Confidence?

Wendy Lynne, The Mental Toughness Trainer for Youth Athletes

Yes, you can create confidence, because it is merely a state of mind. It's not some thing that happens to you by accident or you magically wake up with it one day. I bet you already have a lot of confidence or you would not be playing your sport. I also know most every athletes, in fact, most people would like even more confidence, right?!? We all know the more confident we are, the better we play.

What we teach at the Mental Toughness Academy that one of the easiest ways to get into a confident state is to go back and remember all of the past successes you've had in your life. Then you attach to them by creating pictures in your mind and really pretend you are re-living those scenes in your mind. The great, confident feelings will follow.

Do this by writing out a list of all the things you feel you have done successfully in your sport. Most athletes tend to forget their successes, but clearly remember their failures and mistakes. If you do that - It's time to turn that around!

The more specific the successes and the more you can come up with the better! Write out all the great plays, games, events, moves, scores, compliments and praise - anything you've done in your sport that has made you feel really good. Practices and training time counts too!

If you feel stuck, one way to get you started might be to go look at videos or pictures of yourself competing or look at a past schedule of games to remind you. No need to write a full story on each success. Just shorthand notes, so it makes sense to you. This is only for you - Nobody else.

Here's some examples of what you might write:

  • Got the highest scoring average for the season
  • Led the team in rebounds
  • Made game-saving free throw shot against Valley High at the last second

Brainstorm, get creative and write everything down! Alright, now you have your list, I want to organize it in a way that makes it easy for you to look at often. You might put it on one sheet of paper in a page protector or on note cards - that is what I use. The point is I want you to take it out and read it often. Ideally once day.

Wendy Lynne is the Director of Mental Toughness Academy. The Academy's online Mental Toughness Training helps kids build confidence, focus, determination and the ability to bounce back from adversity - what we call Mental Toughness.

Her passion is helping kids, their parents and coaches transform their thinking so they lead happier, healthier and more successful lives.

For more great tips and to receive free "The 10 Commandments For A Great Sports Parent" ebook and Free training for youth athletes to learn how to "Perform Under Pressure" Tap here to get them Free.

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