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The Role Of Self-Confidence In Sport

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Matt Volkens

on 21 April 2015

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Transcript of The Role Of Self-Confidence In Sport

What Do You Think?
Self-confidence is commonly defined as the sureness of feeling that you are equal to the task at hand.
Benefits Of Self-Confidence In Sport
-better performance
-more focus
-application of things practiced
-perform better under pressure

Performance Accomplishments
-strongest contributor
-When you perform any skill successfully, you will generate confidence and be willing to attempt something slightly more difficult
ex. of skills progression
Lack Of Confidence
-less likely to push your
own limits
-mistakes made from
-more likely to hesitate

The Role Of Self-Confidence In Sport
-bad team dynamics
-lack of preparation
-can cause failure at the expense of others

significantly bolster your confidence, especially if you believe that the performer you
are involved with (a team-mate) closely matches your own qualities or abilities. In
effect, it evokes the reaction: ‘if they can do it, I can do it’.

Being Involved With The Success Of Others
a means of attempting to change the attitudes and behaviour of those around us, and this includes changing their self-confidence.

In sport, coaches often try to boost confidence by convincing athletes that the challenge ahead is within their
capabilities: ‘I know you’re a great player so keep your head up and play hard!’ An
athlete might reinforce this by repeating the message over and over to him or herself
as a form of self-persuasion.

Verbal Persuasion
These have to do with athletes recreating multi-sensory images of successful
Performance in their mind. Through creating such mental representations, mastery of
a particular task or set of circumstances is far more likely.

Imagery Experiences
can reduce feelings of confidence through phenomena such as muscular tension, palpitations and butterflies in the stomach. The bodily sensations associated with competition need to be perceived as being facilitative to performance and this can be achieved through the application of appropriate stress management interventions such as the ‘five breath technique’ and ‘thought-stopping’

Physiological States
Emotional States
The final source of self-confidence and relates to how you control the emotions associated with competition, such as excitement and anxiety. Very often, the importance of the occasion creates self-doubt, which is why it is essential to control your thoughts and emotions. Learning imagery and concentration skills such as those
described in ‘the spotlight of excellence’

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
– Arthur Ashe

“Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.”
-Muhammad Ali

"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
-Thomas Alva Edison

-confident situations and situations of doubt (compare and contrasts)
-positive self-talk
-study your opponents weakness

Exercises To Improve
1. On the whole, I am satisfied with myself.
2. At times, I think I am no good at all.
3. I feel that I have a number of good qualities.
4. I am able to do things as well as most other people.
5. I feel like I have a lot to be proud of.
6. I don't struggle with feeling useless
7. I feel that I’m a person of worth, at least on an equal plane with
8. I generally respect myself.
9. All in all, I do not feel like a failure
10. I take a positive attitude toward myself.
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