“Everybody can get faster; but not everybody will be fast" (Lance Walker).
Building confidence mirrors Lance Walker's sentiment. Confidence is a skill that can be learned and cultivated through deliberate practice just like strength, speed, and endurance. We recognize that some performers are simply better prepared or genetically predisposed (probably a little of both) to be supremely confident (i.e., Muhammad Ali). When the pressure is on, elite performers seem to intrinsically know the outcome. This is confidence—the authentic belief that you can achieve success. At tilt, we've compiled some techniques that will help you foster a confident mindset--one that that expects greatness:
Reflect- This practice may be the starting point of every mental skill. Reflecting is the act of spending time with your Self. Ask pointed questions inward: What lights your fire or quenches your thirst? Where is home? Who provides deep-level support? When do you feel most alive? How are you measuring your goals and what is next to be accomplished? Why have you stumbled in…? Reflecting is a common theme for these who are striving for self-awareness. We encourage you to spend a minimum of 5 minutes a day (morning or night) purposefully pausing and reflecting on questions such as these—questions of depth and significance.
Set A Goal (and then set another one)- Confidence is consistent effective thinking…with an emphasis on consistent. But time in that reflective "thinking" space is not enough. Confidence is built upon setting and then achieving goals. Accomplishing even a seemingly inconsequential goal can give you reason to believe that you complete more complex goals. Your beliefs become grounded in these truths once you start achieving success.
Know Thyself- Bruce Lee never walked around looking for people to fight. He did not need to prove his skills by bullying others. Confident performers know that they need not explain or prove their skills. These skills shine when it matters most…
Do YOU! Be YOU!- Confidence is derived from being your best Self. Connecting with your values and acting from that place enhances ones sense of self and confidence. The most confident performers never try to imitate others.
Selective Perception- Confidence is not about what happens to you. It is about how you respond to what happens to you. It is our choice whether we approach each task with (or without) confidence. Just because you have a reason to doubt doesn’t give you the right too.
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