Art of Confidence

by on October 27, 2009
in General Information

Roger Federer

Confidence can be described as feelings, thoughts and actions reflecting expectations of success. Fortunately, not only the greatest athletes have access to the magical confidence brought on by success. We all can increase our level of confidence and perform better. Self-assurance is a key factor to good performance in athletes. Here are some tips to boost your confidence:

  • Make a list of your strengths and remind yourself how great you are.
  • When negative thoughts or images cloud your thoughts, eliminate them and replace them with positive self-statements. i.e. “I perform well under pressure”
  • Have a general strategy when approaching any competition as having a plan will grow confidence.
  • Challenge players slightly below your level in order to win. Being over-matched will never allow you to develop confidence or learn to win.
  • Watch successful performances often.
  • Increase your level of physical fitness as this will enhance your self-image simultaneously.
  • Maintain a positive body language and attitude throughout the game irrespective of the score. Act confidently and keep your head up!
  • Practice makes perfect, so improve on areas that you are weak in to be able to believe in yourself during a competition. Belief that you can achieve will allow you be confident and you will succeed.

Believe in yourself and you will thrive. Time invested in your confidence will help you reach your goals. Self belief is not only for the divine, it is a tool for success.

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