28 Feb Positive Coaching Alliance: Act your way into confidence when you lack confident feelings
Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. US Club Soccer is proud to welcome Positive Coaching Alliance to its members, specifically related to Players First. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching Education, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.
As the director of mental training for Lucid Performance Incorporated, Graham Betchart has worked with many collegiate and professional athletes to help sharpen their mental skills. He has also worked extensively with elite basketball players, including the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft each of the last three years, the NBA Players Association and USA Basketball. His passion is to reach the maximum potential of every athlete he works with.
In the video, Betchart discusses the common relationship between body language and feelings. He explains how our body language frequently represents the thoughts and feelings currently in our head. Betchart teaches athletes to begin acting out the feelings they want to be feeling in their head.
For example, if an athlete is returning to the field for the first time in a while after being sidelined from an injury, they might not feel as confident as they should. Betchart encourages you to begin acting as if you have all the confidence in the world, then you can actually begin feeling confident. This prevents your feelings from dictating your actions.
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