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Three Simple Keys of Confidence


Show me a successful athlete, or person and I’ll show you someone who is confident.

It is without a doubt, the most important mental skill. It impacts all of the other skills inside of being mentally tough! There are many ways to build it,  and several ways to crush it. So, these are just a few important keys to remember when you’ll see it. 

You gotta believe!

Here are three simple keys of confidence. 

  • Confidence is a feeling:

When we are confident, we feel at ease, relaxed, and focused.

It is something that we just know. However, we usually only recognize when we are not confident. When we are not confident, we just have more thoughts, doubt, and are not as comfortable. It does not mean the thoughts are even negative, it’s just that we are thinking more… 

It’s why Body Language is so important, because we can act our way into right thinking easier than trying to think our way into right acting.

  • Confidence is knowing that you’re ready:

The keys of being confident is knowing, not hoping that you are ready.

A question to assess our own level of confidence is: how would you perform if you couldn’t fail?

This mind-set is important, because I have yet to meet a successful athlete that plays awesome when they play timid, scared, and try NOT to mess up. 

Confidence = aggressive.

  • Confidence is patience:

Of all the keys of confidence, this one is the toughest.

I can’t wait to be patient! 

Confident athletes never seem to panic or press when results aren’t going their way.

Look, we are ALL going to have bouts of struggle and adversity and we need to remain patient.

We must trust our preparation, our coaches, our game plan, our emotional management, our routine, and process of execution. If we are confident in the aspects we can control, then we will eventually have good outcomes. These are the keys of confidence!

 “They know, that I know, that they know that I know, I will win”

 


dr rob bell speakerDr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates coach executives and professional athletes and is based in Indianapolis. Some clients have included three winners on the PGA Tour, Indy Eleven, University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. 

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