As I watch the 2012 London Olympics I am amazed at the determination and focus of these athletes. I am in complete awe! They are inspiring, mesmerizing and enthralling! I know I will never make it to the Olympics, shocker, but if I can just capture some of that magic I would be thrilled. What is it that creates such amazing performances in these athletes? Lots and lots of training of course, but that extra something is …. Confidence. What helps to build this confidence in these athletes? Some believe you are just born with it. But some believe it can be nurtured and grown. That and the proof of succeeding in what you do, take you to the next level of Confidence.
“I don’t think it’s bragging to say I’m something special.” Muhammad Ali
Yes, Muhammad Ali was Confident with a Capitol ‘C’.
The American Beach Volleyball duo, Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor, exude Confidence. After losing their very first Olympic match 21-17 they came back to win the second match 21-8 pummeling their competitors. That is Confidence! Not to mentioned the preference to play in bikinis on the world stage. Another level of Confidence all together. So what is the formula? How do you pave your way to get “it”? Read on and the truth will be revealed….
Confidence is defined as, “the sureness of feeling that you are equal to the task at hand.”
The confidence an individual feels during a particular activity or situation is generally derived from one or more of the following six elements…
The six sources of self-confidence
So, what does that mean- “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.”
Let’s break down the graph into something we can chew on…
1) Keep going until you accomplish that goal!
2) Hang around with winners! It is contagious….
3) Positive reinforcement from you and those around you. If you fail, don’t beat yourself up, talk yourself up…’Next time, I’ve got that!’
4) See the result you want! Do you ever hear reporters ask if the athlete they are talking to can see themselves on the podium. They do, they see the win, they taste the win!
5 and 6) Healthy mind, body and feel good, think positive. When you feed your body well you feed your mind. This keeps away depression, fatigue and keeps you at your top game.
There is it!! Easy…right?
One more week of medal counts and new world athlete stars. More inspiring people and late nights rooting for our country in the games. Americans are a Confident Nation, so be confident in yourself and pass it on to your kids!
Be the Best you can be every day!