Progress Talk To Develop Confidence In Your Players/Clients/Team

All of us as coaches have been faced with at least one of these statements: “I just want to be more confident”, “I have no confidence”, or “I’m not confident when playing competitively”. So what can we do to really help our players/staff/team? Is it about giving them affirmations, using positive self-talk, helping them believe in themselves more? Well, maybe some of these things work but for me there is a fundamental starting point when dealing with such statements – they are not real! They are just thoughts! What do I mean by this? Well, if I asked you to show me your serve or your forehand you would be able to do – it’s a mechanical action, something that I can see. Confidence, on the other hand, is an intangible concept which in linguistics is referred to as nominalisation – essentially turning a verb, a doing thing, into a noun. For example….
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