Five Ways To Trigger Confidence

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Why is confidence so elusive? Why does it seem to come and go leaving people to lose faith in themselves and their game? Everyone experiences doubt and frustration at times. However what you do about those times when you are feeling doubt is what separates a good performer from a great performer. Here are 5 ways you can trigger and maintain confidence:
 
1. PLACE A HIGH PREMIUM ON ENJOYMENT
 
Do you truly enjoy what you are doing? Top performers know how important it is to enjoy what they do and realize enjoyment is a major factor in how they perform. When you enjoy yourself you tend to be more confident. This allows you to be more open, receptive to new feedback and laugh at yourself and not be too serious.
 
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 they focus on what they have control over to trigger confidence, clarity and relaxation. Identify what you focus on and ask yourself if you have control over it or not. If not, refocus on what you do have control over at that moment. The results will come from changing your focus.
 
3. DO WHAT YOU KNOW HOW TO DO
 
You already have a certain level of talent and skill. Trust it and be smart enough to do what you already know you can do. Play your game and leave the comparisons alone. This builds 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 as 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, 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. If youre always focused on whats not working its difficult to be confident. Identify things you can feel good about and focus on them every day and every hole you play.
 
5. 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 and allows you to take valuable feedback and use it instead of it using you!
 
Practice these 5 keys and you will find confidence growing over time. 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!
 
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