How to Be Mentally Prepared Before a Game.. Maximum output with some simple thoughts...
My definition of self confidence is how firmly an athlete believes in his or her ability to perform a task or execute a skill. Confidence is derived from a baseline assessment of past performance, training and preparation. As an athletes skills improve, his or her confidence becomes proportionately stronger.
Confidence can be a cure all for the mental setbacks an athlete may encounter. If a child or teen has high self confidence, theyre less likely to get anxious or nervous because they believe they will perform well. An athlete with confidence can remain relaxed and focused rather than worrying about the competition or a negative outcome.
Some athletes start doubting themselves before they even begin tryouts. They may struggle with doubt due to a past performance or mistake; this can sabotage an athletes confidence.
Its important for you as a parent to help your child learn from their mistakes rather than dwelling on them. The first step to overcome self doubt is to be aware of the thoughts that can affect confidence. The next step is to counter the doubts with positive thoughts that can lead to a better outcome.