In part 1, we discussed building confidence by noting and tracking your successes. However, there are other ways to help increase your confidence for performance.
A second strategy to build confidence is to sit back and watch. Watch your teammates, watch your competition, watch videos on youtube or online, or ask your coach to videotape you during practice and then watch it afterwards. But when you’re watching, don’t just watch…watch intently. Here are some ways that you can watch “intently”:
- Make sure to note the things that the person (or you) is doing well.
- Notice the things that you are doing wrong, but focusing on the things that you’re doing well will really help to build confidence
- Take notes to remind yourself for later of what you did well
- Next time that you are practicing, try to remember the details of the video or image and try to imitate those good things. It may help to put yourself in their shoes or feel yourself doing what they are doing.
You may be asking yourself, how is watching myself or someone else play sport helping me to build confidence? And that is a great question!
Watching someone (or yourself) is helping in two ways:
- By watching someone else perform a skill/sport correctly, your body and mind are able to learn and understand what you should be doing.
- Once you see someone else perform (especially if they are of a similar size and skill level to you), you will be able to tell yourself that if they can do it, you should be able to do it too. And the more similar they are to you, the better this is for YOUR confidence.
A helpful hint – don’t watch alone. When watching, have a coach or teammate watch with you, so that they can give you feedback when you play or perform. Also, another set of eyes may help to pick up what the person in the video is doing well and what they are not doing well.
This strategy may take some time to get used to, but once you are able to use other people to help build your confidence, the benefits will be worth it.