The confidence needed in sports

Your confidence and self-esteem are two important factors when it comes to performing on the field, both in training and in competitive matches.

There are also two, however, very different aspects, though they are often used to describe the same thing. But it is important to distinguish between the two concepts and become aware of their differences and qualities. One can easily have a lot of confidence and still have poor self-esteem or vice versa. Below, the difference between the two aspects is briefly portrayed, the rest of the article will focus on confidence.

Differences in confidence and self-esteem

Self confidence:

  • Is about trusting your abilities and skills

  • "I'm really keen on my goal"

  • “My strategic overview is really good”


  • Is about appreciating one's own qualities and accepting oneself

  • "I am an empathic human being"

  • "I can look at things objectively without getting personal"

Sportspsykologisk development is a life process 

Self-confidence builds through actions and achievements based on the experiences and experiences that you have accumulated in your life and career. It can be on the training ground, on the school bench or in any situation in everyday life.

In other words, confidence is the belief that you can successfully perform a skill, task, or the demands required to you in any giving situation. If you believe in yourself, you will also face your challenges with an optimistic mindset, and you will not let yourself down so easily when dealing with new or unfamiliar situations.

Here, of course, having practised the skills on the training pitch helps - you never reach the top unless you work hard for it. But while everyone knows that, for example, becoming a professional football player requires spending endless many hours training football skills and game understanding. Here we just see so (too) many neglecting the mental aspect. It's a mistake, because your mental strength will always affect your game on the field, in either a positive or a negative direction. Thats why mentaltræning is on everyones lips in e.g. Denmark now.

This is also about practising, so you train yourself and become familiar with your own patterns as the negative thoughts start to pop up and know how to act. This can help minimize their impact and amount of lost mental focus.

Mental training and confidence

Self-confidence can sometimes feel like a difficult size, which can be because we are constantly attacked by self-stimulating elements that make us doubt our abilities. For example, if a footballer misses a 1-on-1 chance with the goalie or the defender misses a tackle and gets a red card, then the negative thoughts begin to seep into the minds of the player.

These situations can come in many forms, but most of them have to do with our own thoughts, our own attitude and our own feelings. Therefore, as an elite athlete or parent of a child with dreams of becoming professional, it is important that you focus on your or your child's mental capacity. The road to the top is tough, so why not remove as many obstacles for yourself as possible.

The approach to elite sports for children and young people is increasingly reminiscent of that prevailing in adult elite environments. Repeated selections, frequent changing of arenas, excessive targeting and unilateral focus on results risk killing both the desire and the will of the young athletes and at the same time limit their self-esteem and confidence.

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