The Mental Game: Developing confidence to get the most out of you or your team's talent

The Mental Game: Developing confidence to get the most out of you or your team's talent

Mental Edge Performance

The Mental Game: Developing confidence to get the most out of you or your team's talent

MentalEdgePerformance.ca is founded by Shayne McGowan, based on the concept of creating a superior standard of training for athletes on and off the field. McGowan is a certified mental game coaching professional. He has studied a Cal State university and has played football in college and briefly in the pros. He is a member of Coaches of Canada and NCCP certified, has 30 years fitness background as a trainer. He has done interviews on Fox Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio, NFL Spin Zone, NFL Showtime, BlogTalkRadio and writes for Train fitness magazine.

Team success is a commitment, so it is important for teammates to support each other’s confidence and help them refocus when they are distracted. Have you ever noticed that when your teammates get distracted or lose confidence after a mistake? It can change momentum and affect your team’s overall performance. It happens all the time in team sports, so athletes must help each other get back in the game.

Here are five keys to winning confidence:

  1. Don’t buy-in to negative Self-Labels. Self-labels you adopt from others or make up on your own, such as big-game choker, are super destructive beliefs that hold back athletes from reaching their full potential and performing well under adversity. You can easily discard what others say about your ability, but it’s very hard to discard your own negative self-labels.
  2. Be careful of super strict expectations that sabotage confidence. When you demand that you play at your peak every game or that you make no mistakes or turnovers in a game, this thinking can come back to haunt you, especially when you fall short of your expectations. So play with high confidence and no expectations.
  3. Overcome your internal demons. Part of staying confident is battling your own internal self-doubt. No one is perfect and in times of adversity and mistakes, it’s tough not to doubt your ability to win. I teach my students how to counter self-doubt with statements of confidence so they don’t allow it to erode their confidence.
  4. Be your own best coach. When you’re faced with adversity or down in a game, do you lose faith or continue to grind it out? Does the self-talk turn negative or defeatist? The top athletes don’t give in or give up. They look for opportunities, such as big plays or turnovers, to turn around the outcome of a game.
  5. Use your past experience to feel confident today. Most athletes would say that past success and experience is the number one source they have for feeling confident today. You can tap into past success to help you feel confident today by reviewing in your mind past accomplishments. Ask yourself: Why do you deserve to feel confident today?

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