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Podcast: Interview – Confidence in Sport & more!

As a student, it is a pleasure to share all the knowledge I am learning at @jfku_sportpsychology. This conversation with @proforceathletics was about enhancing confidence in sport - what confidence is, some examples, and so much more!

Below the bullets of our conversation (note there is likely more info talked about during this conversation given the natural flow of a conversation).

I trust you all will enjoy! Tune in below via the link :)



Confidence defined: Believing that you can successfully perform a desired behavior or act. For example: “I have confidence to perform that jump shot.” Confidence actually has a direct correlation/link to success, but not saying they cause one another – instead there is a relationship between the two.

Another definition of confidence: A person’s belief that they can do whatever it takes to be successful In their sport (Williams & Krane, 2014, p. 275).

Confident athletes, and even any performer, believes in themselves, their ability to handle tasks and challenges – often you can see their confidence by the way they walk, their demeanor or body language.

Building confidence: How? Before we begin on the how…

confidence does not happen by chance instead athlete/performer/individual goes through a process at which the performer must commit and persist. Goals, strategies, and focus needs to be set, but first an athlete/performer needs to choose confidence. Also, they take advantage of mental skills like goal setting, positive self-talk, and imagery to name a few. Basically, fostering confidence should be a goal or focus.

Now the how..., which touches on Strategies to build confidence:

1. Preparation 2. Recognizing athletes strengths 3. Seeing confidence modeled

4. Affirmations 5. Self-talk 6. High light video’s 7. Highlight list 8. Wins, but also things they learned in the win


AFFIRMATIONS: “statements that reflect positive attitudes or thoughts about themselves” (Williams & Krane, 2014, p. 295) – this helps foster confidence and create strong positive beliefs about themselves.

Example: I am strong; I am ready; I perform well under pressure.


More podcast interviews to come. Stay tuned! :)

- Sugey ("Sue-Hay")


References William, J. & Krane, V. (2014). Applied sport psychology: Personal growth to peak performance (7th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill Education.

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