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Confidence does NOT do this…

How many of us have been driving in an unfamiliar place,  following our GPS, and we suddenly sensed that we were not quite in the right spot? So, we turned at a corner or drove straight ahead disregarding the directions. 

(I sometimes believe that the GPS takes me past businesses so I’ll have to stop.) 

We all have a built-in GPS system. It’s called confidence! It is the belief that our needs will be met, and the ability to trust in our decisions, and those closest to us.

Trust is our gut, our intuition. It’s another reason why confidence is just a feeling. 

The GPS just points us in the direction we are supposed to go. It’s our decision whether or not to trust our gut. Even though, if we don’t trust it, we will often be incorrect.

But, what confidence does not do is this...

To date, I’ve never had the GPS ask me “How did you get here?”  “Why are you in this part of town?” “Are you going to be late?” 

Confidence does not judge!

Confidence does not ask questions like “how did you get in this situation”? This should be over, “why are you even here”? “Are you really good enough”?

Confidence does not hi-jack our own mind into mindless questioning of ourselves. Yes, we need to reflect and assess, but these are done before and after the trip, not during the actual drive to our immediate destination. 

Confidence is the ability to re-focus, to let go of mistakes, and to listen to our gut, our inborn GPS.

Confident people can do THIS skill. 


Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis.  Some clients have included: University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out the most recent books on Mental Toughness-