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Xcelerate Lacrosse Tip: Lacrosse & Confidence
Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse National Program Director, Brian Lalley, discusses, Lacrosse & Confidence:
Confidence is a commodity, natural to some athletes and shaky or hard to find for others. There are countless quotes from some of sport’s top performers on what it is and how to find it.
When it comes to true confidence, I believe three things are necessary. First is true preparation. When you have put the time in with discipline and effortful practice, you have the confidence to know you understand what you have to do, how to do it and why performing a certain way gives you the greatest chance to be successful. You can always improve and adjust, but disciplined practice builds ability and gives us the confidence to perform in emotional situations.
The second component of true confidence is understanding failure. There is a great quote from one of the greatest athletes of all time in Michael Jordan. “I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life.” Michael Jordan understood that basketball is full of misses and mistakes. He performed with confidence knowing that even when he focuses on disciplined action, there is no such thing as 100% success. When the game was on the line, he trusted in his ability and his training to focus on performing the task at hand to the best of his possible ability.
Lastly, I believe that true confidence comes from knowing that those you’re fighting with and for have your back. When we all know as a team that we’ve put the work in and that we won’t be 100% successful, the fear of failure based on letting your teammates, parents, fans down can be a huge deterrent to true confidence. Supporting and encouraging your teammates through disciplined action (acting with purpose, intention, and skill) will inspire yourself and your team to perform with confidence.
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