Confidence – How strongly you believe in your ability to achieve your goals! Confidence is so important because you may have all of the ability in the world as an athlete to perform well, but if you don’t believe you have that ability, then you won’t perform up to that ability.

A misconception that many athletes have is that confidence is something that is inborn or that if you don’t have it at an early age, you’ll never have confidence. In reality, confidence is a skill much like technical skills, that can be learned. Just like with any other type of skill, confidence is developed through: focus, effort, repetition, and preparation.

Commit to preparing better. Go to practice with a plan. What can you do to improve your physical game? What will you do to improve your mental game this practice? Focus on your talents and abilities, not what’s lacking in your game. Be mindful of the confidence killers such as: doubt, high expectations, making comparisons to others, etc.

Performing well in practice can translate to performing confidently in games. In addition to increased skills gained from practice, you may get a confidence boost from an immediate past performance.