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Building confidence: Brick vs Building

Confidence stands as the foundation of success in sports. Athletes often struggle with confidence, likely focusing on successes in the game as the source of confidence, much like bricks in a building. As a sport psychologist, I find my value in trying to get athletes to not focus on individual bricks, but to examine the entire building of confidence to create unwavering confidence.

The Single Brick

Performance-based confidence, confidence that may change based good or bad performance in a game, can be likened to a single brick—either sturdy or fragile. This leaves athletes exposed to the unpredictable nature of sports, where one setback can crumble their confidence. The question arises: what if we shift the focus from isolated performances to a more larger and accurate perspective?

The Building Approach

The building approach urges athletes to not only recognize the impact of each performance but to actively recall past successes and previous efforts as integral components of their mental foundation. By doing so, athletes construct a more resilient structure that stands strong over time. A collection of bricks is more solid than a single brick.

Embracing Past Successes

In the Building approach, athletes are encouraged to remember their past successes. Each success becomes a sturdy brick in the confidence-building process, creating a foundation that is reinforced by positive experiences. The act of recalling these moments not only adds bricks to their confidence structure but also forms a mortar of positivity that shapes their mindset.

Positive Self-Talk

Athletes are encouraged to integrate their positive memories into their inner dialogue. By mentally revisiting moments of success, athletes add more bricks to their confidence structure, fortifying their belief in their abilities. Positive self-talk becomes the mortar that binds these bricks, creating a resilient and empowering mindset.

Consistency and Routine

Consistency and routine are likened to the steady laying of bricks in the construction process. Establishing routines and rituals becomes a repetitive yet purposeful act—each practice session, like a well-placed brick, contributes to the solidification of the mental foundation. The routine serves as the scaffolding that supports the ongoing construction of confidence.

Confidence, visualized as a structure built with bricks of success, takes on a more enduring form. The Building approach empowers athletes to not only acknowledge the impact of each performance but actively draw strength from past successes. By embracing this perspective, athletes construct a formidable fortress of confidence—one that withstands the challenges of the sporting world with the collective strength of their achievements and the intricate patterns of positive memories versus a stand-alone brick or performance. If you need help constructing your building, please schedule a call with me at Excel Sport Psychology!

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