When you are self-confident, you believe in your ability to follow through and accomplish the goals set for yourself. With self-confidence, you are able to maintain poise and perseverance – two important indicators of a self-confident state.

Poise is the ability to avoid becoming upset with yourself or with is going on around you. Perseverance means being able to follow through with your plans no matter what the obstacles. When you believe that you can compete on the court with players of your ability level or better, your self-confidence promotes and sustains performance.

Trust yourself. Have faith in your training and ability. Balancing the mental and physical aspects of tennis allows you to reach your potential. Believing in yourself helps eliminate negative self-perceptions and feelings of failure, fear, and intimidation. Practice building and maintaining your self-confidence regularly. Make a personal commitment to yourself. Do not doubt yourself or your ability. Strive to improve and play your best.

Determine when you are and when you are not confident.

You must be realistic, of course – you cannot be perfect. But you should challenge yourself to reach your best. Separate your performance in sport from your self-worth in life. Determine your oen level of self-confidence. Believe that you have the skills necessary tp perform well or, if you don’t, be able to develop them within your training program. Sport, tennis, are dynamic. You will have to continually change, learn, and refine during development. Determine when you are and when you are not confident. Ask yourself questions like: “When am I in a confident state?”, “In what area of my game am I usually confident (baseline, net, serve …)?”, “What is it that makes me confident?”, “When am I not confident?” …

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Determine which factors help you to be more confident and which factors hinder your confidence. Know your current skills. You must maintain skills by using consistent, high-quality practice habits. Conduct a routine inventory of your skills. Get opinions from others who are interested in your development.

Examine your skill levels. Appraise your situations and results realistically. You alone determine how you react and view a particular situation. You alone interpret the situations and events in your life positively or negatively. No one is perfect. Those who believe they are perfect approach life unrealistically and set themselves up to fail.

You alone interpret the situations and events in your life positively or negatively. 

The first step to building self-confidence is acknowledging your mistakes. Try to reduce the frequency of making mistakes. Don’t be adversely affected by things beyond your control. The key is to only focus on what you can control. That’s probably the most important thing to remember.

Making every situations in tennis and life a learning experience is a healthy, positive way to approach sport and life. Put a particular situation into a fuller context to gain persepctive. You alone control your ability to be (or not be) self-confident.

You alone control your ability to be (or not be) self-confident.

If you want to know more about Vida Mind and how to build and maintain self-confidence, do a free session with Dr. Damien Lafont. Contact him at info@vidamind.com.au or call 03 9457 7248 and he will get in touch with you to schedule 45 min with you either in person or over Skype. In this free info session with him, you’ll go through what is keeping your performing at your best. You’ll know Dr Lafont, how he works and whether you are a good fit for each other.

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