From Good to Great: Why Confidence is Key for Footballers
Confidence is one of the most significant factors that can make or break a player's performance on the field. It can be the difference between scoring a game-winning goal and missing an easy opportunity.
When you're confident, you're more likely to trust your skill and ability, which will also help you make better decisions during the game. It can give you the courage to take risks and try new things that you may not have attempted otherwise.
Ultimately, when you have confidence, you're more likely to perform at your best level and help your team win.
But, how do you build your confidence as a footballer? Here are some quick tips that can help you:
Practice and Preparation
One of the best ways to build confidence is through practice and preparation. When you're well-prepared and have put in the time and effort to perfect your skills, you're more likely to be confident on the pitch.
Another way to boost confidence is through positive self-talk. You should focus on your strengths and remind yourself of past successes. Avoid negative self-talk and focus on your next task. Celebrate your victories, no matter how small they may be. This will help you build a positive mindset.
Focus on the Process
Focus on the process rather than the outcome. When you focus on the process, you're more likely to enjoy the game and perform at your best level. Avoid putting too much pressure on yourself to win and instead focus on playing to the best of your ability in each moment. Focus on playing YOUR game and trust the process. This will help you stay calm and composed on the field, even in high-pressure situations.
Confidence is contagious, and as a confident player you can also inspire your teammates to perform better. This will lead to boosted team morale and create a positive atmosphere on and off the field, making a great environment for you to excel in.
I hope you found these few tips helpful. If you have any questions or need any further assistance, feel free to reach out.
If you'd like to discover more ways to take control of your mindset and ooze confidence on the pitch, then be sure to grab the replay of our 90 minute live workshop on football confidence HERE - where we go deep and detailed on understanding what confidence is and cover the latest strategies any player can implement to instantly boost confidence on and off the pitch.
It's hosted by myself and Premier League Academy Sports Psychologist Barney Wren.
(Players on our 1-1 Elite Programme, you already have this included with your package.)