1. ACCEPT THE UPS AND DOWNS
Champions are smart enough not to fight with reality. They realize that every performance has its own ups and downs built into it. Its a natural part of the flow of things. Sometimes youll get breaks, sometimes you wont. Accept this reality and keep your confidence at a stable level.
2. USE YOUR BODY
Top performers know they can use their bodies to trigger confidence. A simple change in body language, pace of step as you move or an eye of the tiger look can make all the difference in your confidence levels. The mind affects the body and the body affects the mind.
3. KNOW THAT COMPETING IS A CHOICE
Champions in any arena know that competing well has little to do with wins and losses. Regardless of outcomes on any given day you can ALWAYS compete well. Always do your best. Your best will change from time to time but DOING your best doesnt have to! Its a choice and it can be made at any time.
4. CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES
How can you maintain confidence if you rarely acknowledge your successes? Champions realize this fact and regularly celebrate their successes no matter how small or large! While others negate the positive things they do (or certainly dont give them much weight), top performers allow themselves the luxury of highlighting, reviewing and celebrating their successes.
5. DONT TAKE IT PERSONALLY
Learn to separate performance confidence from personal confidence. If you are playing poorly you don have tot take it personally. A bad performance does not mean youve lost your skills. A poor decision does not mean you are always wrong. Separate what you do from who you are and you can be more resilient and recover from adversity more quickly.
6. DO TAKE IT PERSONALLY
Heres one of those paradoxes again! There are times when taking a poor performance personally CAN trigger confidenceif you have the right mindset! This occurs when you use a poor performance to trigger yourself to kick it into gear, get going, be inspired and pull yourself out of the rut! In this instance, taking it personally is a confidence building mechanism.
7. FOCUS ON EFFORT, NOT WINNING
Top performers remain confident by measuring themselves by their effort and not whether they are always winning or losing. Confidence built on effort can lead to better results. They know that if the effort is there, the outcomes will take care of themselves.
So, what do you do to trigger your confidence? See if there are any steps from above you can begin applying for yourself. Make a plan to be more confident and put it to use at work, play and in life! Good Luck!
Copyright 2004 David Breslow. David is the author of Wired To Win and offers a highly acclaimed Perform In The FlowZone' program for sports and business. David has appeared on The Golf Channel, ESPN radio, etc. For more programs/services/products or sign up for a free newsletter (write newsletter in subject box). Also, review the new series of Performance Training Manuals available online! Contact: David Breslow at 847.681.1698 Email: David@theflowzone.net or visit the web: www.theflowzone.net For book orders call toll free: 1.888.280.7715