BITG 067: Self-Belief is a System, Not a Feeling – Building Sustainable Self-Belief

June 8, 2017

Believe it or not, athletes – more than others – tend to suffer with low self-esteem and low self-belief. This sounds bizarre when you think just how cocky they can appear on the outside. That is, until you understand the 24/7 public scrutiny they are constantly under today, expected to always be “available”.

Beyond their sporting performance – where they are publicly judged, categorised and ranked – they are also open to constant assessment of their comments, their actions and their beliefs via social media. With the liberation of access to information the internet and social media bring, it also brings having to be “on” constantly. This can increases our awareness of being inside the “fish bowl” and in athlete-mode 24 hours a day.

This can manifest a warped view of the athlete by the athlete as they become more externally referenced and less self assured.

Check out this episode of Brain in the Game, where I help rebalance this by showing key strategies in building a sustainable self-belief.

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