8 Ways to Trigger Confidence Like Champions Do

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In my 18 years as a Performance Success Coach, confidence is one of the most highly sought after performance traits. Why is confidence so elusive? Why does it seem to come and go leaving people to doubt their own ability to perform? Even the greats experience feelings of doubt and indecision. Everyone does! However, champions have learned that its not the doubt thats important, its what you do about it AND how you use it that matters most. This is what separates a good performer from a great performer. You can be confident in yourself, your game, in your organization, at home or anywhere else! Here are 8 ways top performers trigger and maintain confidence:
 
1. PLACE A HIGH PREMIUM ON ENJOYMENT
Top performers know how important it is to enjoy what they do while they are doing it. This is directly linked to the confidence factor. This allows them to be more open, receptive to new feedback and laugh at themselves to break the tension. If you dont enjoy it, why are you doing it?
 
2. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL
Top performers truly understand that there is only 1 person they can control and that is themselves. They also understand that within any performance or task they can control process (things you can do) and not outcomes. Focusing on anything else easily triggers doubt and anxiety and this is not a way to work, play or live in the FlowZone.
 
3. DO WHAT YOU KNOW HOW TO DO
You already have talent and skill. Trust it and be smart enough to do what you already know you can do. This triggers a feeling of confidence because it will immediately relax you. In competition, do what youve rehearsed, what you know you can do, and do it as best you can!
 
4. TRIGGER POSITIVE FEELINGS
How many ways do you have to feel good? This question stumps a lot of people. Top performers choose words, phrases, songs, memories, expectations, thoughts and images that promote positive feelings whenever they want them. They also trigger positive feelings by surrounding themselves with positive people, books, pictures, etc.
 
5. MAKE CONSCIOUS CHOICES
Champions understand the value of making a conscious choice. This is a choice made on purpose and with complete awareness of the consequences. Conscious choices indicate that you are taking charge and being the director of your actions and outcomes.
 
6. FAIL FORWARD
Top performers use the word failure as a means to success. They build confidence by always failing forward. This means they systematically use the important feedback from failures and make the changes necessary to succeed. Forward thinking is confident thinking.
 
7. USE TOTAL RECALL
All the greats have the ability to recall past successes and use them in the present. Youve got a history of confidence sitting right in your own subconscious recorder and it can be recalled whenever you need it.
 
8. KNOW HOW TO OPTIMIZE EACH MOMENT
Top performers are able to bring their attention to a narrow perspective and win the moment. This is the ability to find something in the moment to master. Its a top performers mindset that triggers confidence in present time. They ask: how can I optimize this moment?
 
So, what do you do to trigger your confidence? See if you can apply any of these steps above and make a plan to be more confident. Good Luck!
 
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