Confidence can be described as a belief in one’s abilities to succeed.
We require confidence and a sense of security, because in life, we invariably face this problem of a sense of insecurity.
The biggest obstacle to confidence is guilt; therefore, we should work to never have or reduce our sense of guilt?
What is guilt?
A feeling of shame or regret as a result of incorrect conduct.
Why does guilt arise?
Guilt arises ONLY because
We COMMIT to do what we should not have done.
We OMIT to do what we should have done.
As a sportsperson we grow up with our parents and coaches telling us constantly DO THIS / DON’T DO THAT. They know what is in our best interest and how we can become better athletes. However following Do’s & Don’t isn’t that easy, in fact not easy at all.
Every situation we omitted to do, like running less laps than we were told to run, to do the drills we were supposed to do, sleep when we had to, arrive on time for coaching sessions and we didn’t etc., anything we have omitted to do; grows into a sense of guilt. The more we omit what we were to do, the more guilt we start to carry. The more guilt
we carry, the more our confidence reduces, in fact we can become pessimistic.
Same with committing to do what we were not to do. We ate to much fatty foods, we were found constantly on social media devices, we lied and kept the facts away from our parents or coaches, anything we committed to do, which we knew we should not have, causes the guilt to arise and this eats into our confidence.
How does a sportsperson conquer guilt?
By becoming self disciplined.
What Is Self-Discipline?
Self-discipline is the ability to get yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state.
Self-discipline can be defined as the ability to motivate oneself in spite of a negative emotional state. Qualities associated with self-discipline include willpower, hard work, and persistence.
Self-discipline is to some extent a substitute for motivation, when one uses reason to determine the best course of action that opposes one’s desires.
How does one become Self disciplined?
ANSWER: TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE, AND IT MUST FOLLOW, AS NIGHT
This phrase is one of the countless famous quotes coined by William Shakespeare.
THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF SELF DISCIPLINE!
We sportspersons have to learn to be true to ourselves. We should look into the mirror everyday and ask ourselves. Were we true to our pursuit? If we say we weren’t, then that being a truthful statement, shows us where we need to put our effort to correct ourselves.
The more a sportsperson is true to herself / himself they will notice the guilt reducing. Once guilt starts to reduce, we can work better upon our discipline, the more disciplined we become the more confidence we start to gain.
Sports success is dependent upon them being confident.