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Winning Strategies to Conquer Self Doubt
As a coach or parent you can help an athlete, who is consumed with self doubts, to deal with their negativity.
The good news is that it is possible to over come self doubt and set yourself free to do great things with the right techniques and a bit of practice.A Little Self Doubt is Natural
Everyone at some time or other feeling they are unable to do a task or not deserving to be successful. These feelings do not mean that you will fail. Of course we can sabotage the possibility of success and the feeling has become self fulfilling prophecy. On the other hand our self doubt can stimulate thinking about deciding to take a course of action will result in being successful. Self doubt that causes a complete lack of faith in our own abilities is an excuse, not a reason for not taking action.
Taking some calculated risks is necessary to be successful
If you don't take some risks; you will never really know you could have done more with your abilities.
If you know someone who is sabotaging their goals and limiting their potential, suggest to them the following techniques:
It is important to Believe in One's Abilities
Everyone is a unique and talented person with the potential to be successful. Accepting this as a statement as truth is the foundation of beating self doubt. If you don not believe, you can not defeat self doubt!
Think Positive Thoughts
Happiness is feeling good about ourselves. When we are very young we don't think there are any limits and we are optimistic about what we can achieve. The negativity comes from the older individuals we come into contact with and is like an infection that from nowhere will quickly become full blown negative thoughts such as -
These types of phrases are the first sign our confidence has become infected with self doubt. An awareness of these thoughts strike and allow us to objectively see them for what they are and the need to minimize their effects on you.
Acknowledge Your Doubts
Do not to ignore your doubts or pretend they will miraculously just go away. By acknowledging a problem exists, it is possible to confront the problem for what it is. Self doubt is a form of fear and only by recognizing this fear can we confront what needs to be done.
Examine the Doubts
After acknowledging their is a problem with self doubting, write down what it is and identify its trigger. Often there is a pattern to the way we react in similar situations that cause our emotional response and creates a sense of uncertainty/doubts.
It sounds too simple to say that the most effective antidote to self doubt is to take action, but it is that simple if you believe in your abilities. Devising a plan on how to achieve a obtainable goal will fuel self confidence. The preparation will identify what is required to complete the specific objectives of the goal. The preparation provide reassurance that, “You can do it”.
The start of any journey requires breaking the major task into smaller tasks. When begin to see that you can do the smaller tasks, your confidence will increase and you are ready to undertake the larger tasks of your plan. Confidence breeds success!
Get Fired Up
How do you feel when you achieve success? Are you excited, energized, full of passion? These positive emotions will allow you to believe in your strengths and abilities to achieve this sensation on a regular basis.
Keep a Record of Achievement /Accomplishments
After achieving success, devote some time an energy to reflect on the things you have already achieved. Include some comments on the elements that allow you to be successful. It’s useful to have this positive reminder to look review.
Don't be Negative
It human to not do some things as well as you would like while succeeding at others. We all make mistakes, so use these mistakes to serve as a guide for improvement the next time you try. Forgive yourself for failing and don’t replay your mistakes over and over in your mind.
There is a natural elation when successfully pursuing your dreams and disappointment when we don't always reach the same performance levels every time; however. this is not a reason to stop trying to live as fully as you can.
Face down self doubt, recognize it, and refocus using the tips and techniques suggested above. You can stare down self doubt and use your self confidence to move onwards to achieving your goals.The Power of Confidence in Athletes
Self-doubt often affects athletes in competition. The following is a summary of how athletes can over come self-doubt and a lack of confidence.
Athletes in any sport need to have confidence in their ability to be able to succeed. Everyone has the ability to acquire self-confidence through training. Athletes who have a high level of self-confidence are able to influence their sporting performance, and their competitors attitude towards them.
with optimal self-confidence have a
greater potential to perform at or near their full potential. Typically
such an athlete will:
Psychologists refer to three different types of confidence:
Children may suffer from this when they come up against other children who have better equipment (such as trainers and skates, and outfits), coaches, and practice opportunities.
This lack of self-confidence will causes athletes who think they are going to fail to start making excuses for their poor performance before they even take part in their event.
Oxford Dictionary defines "Self-doubt" as a "lack of confidence in oneself and one's abilities".
and anxiety have a huge affect on an athlete's performance. This is
particularly true for sports with multiple component or choices that
occur during a performance as the athlete can
focuses on an earlier error or omission and is unable to focus
on completing the remaining elements that make up their score or mark.
Some athletes who are confident in their abilities at a lower competitive level, become overwhelmed by self-doubt if they reach the semi-final or final round. Although they have the skills to win, their self-doubt affects their mental preparation during training, competitive performances, and eventually in their overall commitment to achieving an elite status.Overcoming Self-doubt and a Lack of Confidence
Self-confidence can be undermined by an athlete's poor performance. They need to focus on and refer to their best performances, not necessarily their last performance.
athlete can rebuild their confidence by:
Sometimes an athlete interprets a coach's attempt of constructive feedback in a negative way that damages the confidence of that athlete. The athlete needs to learn to ignore comments that are not constructive and helpful, or from source who is not credible or knowledgeable.
way to overcome a lack of self-confidence is to heavily focus on all
the positives of the athlete. The coach needs to discuss with the
athlete their performances and current achievements in a way that
motivates them and installs confidence. For
example, the athlete and coach will:
needs to be honest when
performance: this means
The athlete needs to write and focus on specific achievable goals. This makes the challenge manageable and will motivate the athlete to achieve their personal goals.
self-confidence, the athlete needs acquire the ability to controlling
5 Steps to Deal with Self-Doubt and Trust Your Self Again Muting the voices of self-doubt gremlins can be quite a feat. Here are some things that can help you trust yourself again when feeling defeated:
7 Simple Steps to Conquering Self-Doubt Self-doubt can be a stealthy problem. If you suspect that it exists, you need to pull it into the light so it can be dealt with. Even the most self-confident among us will experience doubt from time to time. Because we can’t completely avoid it, we need a strategy that allows us to contend with, and conquer self-doubt. So, what is the difference between those who overcome this insidious foe, and those who are controlled by it?
How to Deal with Self-Doubt July 26, 2012 ... Self-doubt arises from non-action, past experiences or innate fear of failure. Eliminate doubt by contemplation.
5 Great Ways to Conquer Self Doubt Jan. 6, 2010 Self doubt also makes you feel alone. Sometimes you think you’re the only person in the universe who suffers from a crisis of confidence, and you wish that you could be more like someone else. It is very possible that the other person also has doubts every now and then.References:
Motivational tools promote positive changes
Even those who are cocky and who display much bravado may actually be covering feelings of self-doubt. Athletes with true self-confidence are rare.
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