Keeping the dream alive means seeing and feeling success close in hand. To win at your sport, you have to see yourself win over and over again. With the vision of seeing yourself perform, there comes a confidence that can help make it all possible.
Use the past to feel confident today. Most athletes would say that past success and experience in playing is the No. 1 source for confidence today. You can tap into your success in the past to help you feel confident today. Staying confident is learning to battle the doubt. Part of staying confident is battling your own self-doubt and trust. No one is perfect, and in times of adversity it’s tough not to have any doubts about winning.
Reinforce why you will succeed. Many athletes don’t give themselves enough credit for the successes and other skills that contribute to good play. Athletes sometimes overlook their own mini successes.
Patience is a form of confidence. A patient player is a confident player. The challenge is to stay patient when things are not going your way today. You must train during practice times to be patient and make it part of your routine as well.