Get Better in the Off Season with Building Confidence

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The 2018 season will be here before we know it, and if you are not working towards your goals now, then when? The off season is the perfect time to take extra swings, recover and rehab those tired arms, as well as to build confidence in yourself.

Confidence is key!

No matter what your skill level, believing in yourself is the most important aspect of your game, and it is something that cannot be coached. Coaches can support you, guide you and help you reach your potential but ultimately it is YOU who has to know what your goals are, and that you can achieve them.

Confidence comes in many forms and you do not have to be the “loud” or the “best player” to have confidence. Confidence can be the way you walk up to the plate, how you tie your cleats or even what you say to yourself between every pitch. The way that you will show confidence will be different than your team mates, and that is a good thing. Confidence should be individual and owned by each player. For me, confidence has always been having a voice; and regardless of what I am saying and who I am saying it too, I always make sure my message is positive.

However, if you struggle to have confidence on the field, then ask yourself this question, “do I have confidence off the field?” Being confident isn’t easy and at times it is a lot of hard work to even show the slightest notion of it. Below are some ways, that I think, are great ways to build and practice confidence to help you be successful on and off the field.

Change a small habit
– What is something that you have been wanting to adjust in your day? Waking up 10 minutes earlier, drinking 2 liters of water a day or asking at least one question to your Science teacher per class…. Whatever it is, do it. Pick something attainable and do it for a month. Once you accomplish it, you will feel like a million bucks.

 Having good posture
– Always stand tall. Good posture is more inviting as well as approachable. But also, people who stand tall often feel better about themselves and that is reflective in their behaviour.

Smile more and be kind
– The Golden Rule. “Treat people how you want to be treated,” and when people treat you well, again that makes you feel better about yourself. It is like a chain reaction, and if you truly believe you are a good person, then that in itself should truly boost your confidence.

 Being Prepared
– It is hard to feel good about something if you think you are not going to do well at it. Try your best to always keep yourself organized by using an agenda, and set a priority list. If you do the most important things first then you will feel more accomplished which leads to you, again feeling better about yourself.

– Serving is good for the soul. Volunteering allows you to form new relationships, learn new skills, experience new perspectives and it is a great way to learn about what you value and care about. Volunteering helps you learn more about yourself and understand the type of person you want to be.

– Be you! Remember to always do things that make you proud of yourself. Practice putting your phone away and being comfortable talking out loud and face to face to people. When you establish a voice, you are more likely to feel confident to use it. Lastly, try your best to be comfortable being on your own, because when you are truly satisfied with being on your own, you will gain more confidence.

“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” – Walt Disney