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Confidence Strategies

Thoughts of the week

“Confidence Strategies”

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Confidence is defined as “the feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something.” It is a very important trait for people to develop and perfect in sport, business and life. People who are over confident are often loud and extroverted. People who are under confident are often quiet and introverted. Think about the most successful people you know, where do they sit on this continuum?

People’s emotions can fluctuate daily for many reasons, this can often affect confidence in positive and negative ways. Here are our top strategies to keep confidence at the right level:

  • Perfection
    • Nothing will ever be perfect. Don’t expect it to be or waste time chasing the impossible. Good is good enough.
  • Acceptance
    • Accept the status quo of your situation. What can be done to improve this next time?
  • Assertion 
    • Practise saying no more. Not everybody will always agree with you and your time is precious. Usually it wisely and balance people requests with what they offer you in return.
  • Goals
    • Simplifying what you want the outcome be will give you more clarity towards the end result. Goal setting prior to an event occurring or situation arsing will help.
  • Speed
    • Slow down. If you rush how you do things, where you go and what you say people will see through that. Take your time and relax.
  • Posture
    • Stand tall and be proud of who you are, what you do and why you do it. Body language is such a powerful tool!
  • Skill-set
    • Constant development of new skills and talents will directly increase you confidence and belief that you are capable of doing more at a better level.
  • Preparation
    • P.P.P.P.P.P. (Prior.Preparation.Prevents.Piss Poor.Performance) This is so important. You can not expect to perform, impress and have an impact if you do not put any effort into planning what’s to follow.
  • Practise
    • Rehearsing what you may say, how you may stand, where you will look and what gestures you may use will only add value to the main event, whatever and whenever that may be!
  • Network
    • Speak to colleagues, team mates, friends and family about it. They may offer some great advice and ideas that will only help you.
  • Ignore
    • Anyone negative, rude or ignorant are not worth wasting your time over. Yes it’s impossible to please everyone but focus on yourself, the people around you and the outcome.
  • Humility
    • The quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance is widely overlooked. Yes make sure people can see your assets flourish but do so in a humble way, nobody likes a show off!

All the most successful athletes we have worked with consider confidence to be one of the most important things to get right during competition. It will undoubtedly have its ups and downs but using the above strategies will help you develop and improve this area over time…

Exercise of the week

Dynamic | Strength | Lunge | Backward | Banded | A to C | Progressions
  • Barbell on back
  • Barbell in catch position
  • Barbell on back | Jumping

Find out more about this program here

Recipe of the week

Faldo verde soup w. sausage

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  • In a large pan heat chopped white onions with a close of crushed garlic some olive oil until they start to lightly brown. Add diced potatoes until they start to soften. Add vegetable stock, cracked black pepper, seas salt & bay leaves. Leave to simmer on a low heat
  • Roughly slice up some low fat sausages (use 2 sausages per person serving). In a separate pan, heat & toss until they cook through & darken in colour. Leave to sizzle on a low heat.
  • Once potatoes are soft, mash them into the broth to make a thick base. Add torn white cabbage & haricot beans to the broth. Continue to simmer for a few minutes. Stir in a generous sprinkle of paprika & chilli powder for colour & spice. Finally add the cooked sausage, serve as in picture. Splash some sriracha on top to suit taste.

Find out more about our nutrition plans here

Training song of the week

Brave new world – The blinders

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