Podcast #489

SPORTS CONFIDENCE HACKS FOR ANY ATHLETE

Sports confidence is the key to supreme athletic performance, but most athletes don’t know how to tap into their most confident athletic self. Explore the 10 confidence mistakes that keep athletes from peak performance, creating self-doubt and unhelpful self-pressure. Then, learn the 14 confidence hacks that the top athletes in the world employ to train their brains as successfully as they train their bodies.

 

In this episode of The Confidence Podcast, we’re talking about:

  • The top 10 confidence mistakes that plague athletes and rob them of their full potential

  • The performance pressure hoax and the dangers of caring too much

  • The mistrust of self in the athlete and how to nurture self-trust for better performance

  • 10 habits high-performance athletes do that elevate their confidence

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

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REVIEW OF THE EPISODE:

By Crabbyabby86

I cannot begin to thank you for the encouragement you’ve provided me over the last several years. Seriously, thank you! You’ve completely changed my life. Without even knowing it, you’ve been there for me through MANY stages in life and helped me seek out counseling You are amazing. You have no idea how many lives you’ve touched Thank you! Keep being you!

 

THE PERFORMANCE PRESSURE HOAX

The thought is: If I just worked hard and be better, I’ll be the best.

Yes, work hard.

But double yes to working smart and hard.

Perceived expectations of us.

Fear of failure to let others down.

Over-attachment of value to performance.

The aggrandized perspective of the importance of the sport – makes you lose the fun.

The truth is that the more fun you have, the better you will do.

But with pressure, it’s hard to have fun.

Working smart in sport means knowing how to train your brain – and have fun – while also working hard. Working hard in sport means learning how to stretch your belief in the capacity of your potential โ€ฆ not to hope for what you think you can achieve, but really, really believe that you can goal set with audacious confidence.

 

THE MISTRUST OF SELF

The more pressure you put on yourself, the less joy you have in your sport.

When you overthink a race or an outcome, you stop trusting yourself – you stop trusting your training, your coach, your teammates, yourself,  your mind, and your body.

Lack of trust makes performance harder and more complicated.

Trust makes things light, and inflow – mistrust creates heaviness and sharp edges.

Mistrust hyper-focused on past failures and tries to avoid doing them again.

Trust embraces past failures as necessary and isn’t afraid to make more.

 

THE TOP CONFIDENCE MISTAKES ATHLETES MAKE

  1. Comparing yourself
  2. Fixed mindset
  3. Trying too hard (not trusting self)
  4. Overthinking
  5. Self-criticism
  6. Mismanaged pressure
  7. Mental isolation
  8. Not having a thought coach
  9. Overtraining the body, undertraining the mind
  10. Fear of emotions (pain, disappointment, etc.)

 

14 HABITS HIGH PERFORMERS DO TO ELEVATE THEIR CONFIDENCE

  1. Warm-up their brain. (Journal)
  2. Get obsessed with excellence in their life (not perfection, and not just in their sport)
  3. Train their brain as much as they train their body (reframe, affirmations, visualization)
  4. Create anchor thoughts – power statements for specific things
  5. Work with a mindset coach or in a mindset program
  6. Read and apply personal development in their life
  7. Listen to podcasts that spark their brain
  8. Double down on their love for and passion for their sport
  9. Separate their identity from their sports identity
  10. Understand the differences between Them 1.0 and Them 2.0
  11. Think like a goldfish
  12. Understand the compound effect and trust their training
  13. Master staying in their own lane – detoxing their relationship with comparison/jealousy
  14. Commit to belief work – and have unwavering faith in what they cannot yet see.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Want me to work with your team or your highly competitive athlete?

Go to https://www.trishblackwell.com/athlete-mindset-confidence-coaching/

 

OTHER EPISODES YOU WILL ENJOY

#476: How to Believe in Your Big Goal

#478: Think Bigger, Believe Bolder

 

DON’T MISS NEXT WEEK’S EPISODE:

We gave you the opportunity to ask the confidence questions that most weigh on your heart, and you, our faithful listeners, weighed in! These are the most common questions that you want to know about confidence!

 

LISTENER OF THE EPISODE:

Love your podcast, it’s truly changed my life in the last few months and after leaving a 12 year relationship and losing myself along the way it’s been honestly so refreshing and reminds me of how capable I truly am and that everything in life is unfolding and happening the way that it is supposed to. Also love that you’re a swimmer/runner. Me too! Doing my first triathlon in March. Yikes! I’ll need your podcasts for sure! All the best! Listening from Vancouver BC, Canada – Stacey

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