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.”


Low Self-Confidence:

  • 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.”