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Sport Psychology Series Articles: Affirmations ] Anti-Anxiety Training ] Arousal ] Breaking Bad Habits ] [ Confidence ] Cycling Psychology Profile Quiz ] Dealing With Bad Results ] Exercise-Related Personality Changes ] Focus & Breathing ] Goal Setting ] Motivation ] Pain Management in Training ] Sports Psychology Intro ] Stress Questionnaire ]

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Confidence (Introduction)

Almost every athlete and coach feels that self-confidence is vital to successful athletic competition. Where does confidence arise? How can it be nurtured?

What Were Talking About

Confidence is the realistic expectation of success or of achieving ones goals. Its what athletes reasonably hope to do, not what they dream of achieving. Confident athletes are prepared. Confident athletes accurately judge their abilities and have appropriate goals.

Confidence about future performance is based upon past performance. Confidence is an expression of ones perceived self-worth. Confidence in sport is related to past experiences within and outside of sport.

Confidence is general and specific. An important characteristic of confident athletes is their general belief in their ability to become competent.

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