I wish self-confidence was something I could wrap up and put under the tree for all my athletes!
Unfortunately, self-confidence can’t be gifted – but, my gift to you is this short list of ways to improve your self-confidence.
Do the work! There is no substitute for consistent training and hard work.
Dwell on the positive! What you focus on, expands. Start each workout with process goals and then acknowledge your successes. It can be helpful to keep a log/journal acknowledging your successes. When you are having an off day, review your log to remind yourself of all that is positive.
Focus on what you CAN control! You can’t control race day weather for example, but you can control how you adapt to it. If it’s cold and rainy on the day of your “A race” focus on what you will wear and how you will adjust your race plan rather than brooding over the less than ideal race conditions.
Don’t compare yourself to others! This goes back to focusing on what you can control. There will always be athletes at the start line who are stronger, fitter, and faster than you. Focus on the work you have done, being positive, and your race plan rather than being distracted by others.
Be kind to yourself! Most of us are involved in sport as a hobby; a fun pastime. We all make mistakes, or miss workouts and fail sometimes. It’s important to remind ourselves that sport is just one of our many ‘balls in the air’ and sometimes things don’t go as planned. It’s helpful to learn from our mistakes but not dwell on them. Learn and move on!
Give yourself the gift of self-confidence in 2018 by following the suggestions above.