Whether it be a lost sprint or a lost business deal bouncing back and keeping confidence high is something we often take for granted.
If I were to chart positive vs. negative thoughts that enter peoples minds during the toughest Tone House workouts there would most likely be more negatives than positives. What kind of impact does this have on performance?
Negativity is like a black hole that can rapidly drain your physical, mental and emotional energy during performance. When you allow your thoughts shift from “I can” to “I can’t,” you start moving away from success. It takes more effort to rise above your feelings and lead with your thoughts, but that’s exactly what separates winners from losers.
What’s the best approach to improving confidence levels?
Many athletes take a backwards approach to building confidence by waiting for their performance to prove to them why they should be confident. Solid results do reinforce confidence, but are not the source of it. Confidence must start on the inside and work its way out into your performance. The more mindful you are of your successes, strengths and the valuable lessons learned through failure, the more fierce confidence you will develop which drives solid performance.