Confidence in sport can be thought of as one's belief that they can do whatever it takes to be successful in their sport. Confident athletes think they can, and they do. They never give up. These athletes typically use positive self-talk, and imagery to boost their confidence.
A week ago tonight I was in full flow of my presentation to 65+ eager local runners from running club Run4All Neath.
A therapy that I have been utilising more and more in my day job in mental health is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In a nutshell this therapy is all about acceptance of the current situation, of how things are, and then committing to your values in life.
If we let our thoughts to their own devices they will take over. You can regain control by using mindfulness to choose what you want to concentrate on at any specific moment.
Our thoughts are immensely powerful if we let them have that power and control, but how often do we take a step back and ask ourselves why we are believing them?
Do you have a "mantra" you say to yourself when you need to dig in, or to overcome those doubts?
Do you use imagery as part of your preparation for performance? Do you use imagery in that said performance?
The autumn is here and in many sports that means end of race season, or a change in focus from trying to get a personal best result, to more racing whilst training hard and trying to make gains. In "winter sports" then you're just getting cracking. Therefore, there is never a "right" time to start working on how your head helps/hinders you, as it's important to train this vital organ all year round!
Have you ever considered your thinking style? Do you tend to view things as if you have "gloomy specs" on? Always seeing the negative in things? When faced with a stressful situation, or you experience anxiety before a performance, do you perceive this as a threat, or as a challenge?
Do you consciously set yourself goals, like seeing someone in work complete a challenge and think you would like to achieve that, or having achieved one goal you then set yourself a bigger goal to work towards? If these are long-term goals do you consider smaller short-term goals to help you achieve your end goal?