Continued from Part 1
How to Develop a Culture of Confidence
- Form trust
- Coaches present complete understanding of movements and training plans
- Create vision for program including values, expectations, and short term and long term goals
- Explain plan to achieve goals
- Set certain goals that are quickly obtainable to establish early success
- Develop relationships with athletes by communicating often in a variety of settings and about a variety of topics
- Encourage athletes to keep positive imagery in their minds – visualize success
- Form an environment of learning with feedback, personal accomplishment, and physical change
Characteristics of Confidence in Athletes
- Doing what you believe to be right, even if others mock or criticize you for it.
- Being willing to take risks and go the extra mile to achieve better things.
- Mistakes: takes ownership, learns from it, makes corrections, and forgets about it
- Waiting for others to congratulate you on your accomplishments.
- Accepting accomplishments graciously. “Thank you. I worked very hard on that. I appreciate your recognizing my efforts.”
- Governing your behavior based on what other people think.
- Staying in your comfort zone, fearing failure and in doing so, avoid taking risks.
- Working hard to cover up mistakes and hoping that you can fix the problem before anyone notices.
- Extolling your own virtues as often as possible to as many people as possible.
- Dismissing compliments offhandedly. “Oh that was nothing really. Anyone could have done it.”