What you will NEVER do to build and nurture the development of Confidence!

This 4 part series is a construction model aimed to build lasting concentration in athletes. Here are 3 main points on what the athlete will NEVER do, because it undermines and damages the development of concentration:

1- “I will never focus on things outside of my control. Recent success, the weather, crowd, opposing team, environment or my coaches have nothing to do with my ability to choose to LEAD (Love, Effort, Attitude, Discipline).

2- “I choose to be my own best friend, biggest fan, and greatest coach. I will never use negative self-talk or punish myself for failing. I choose to identify and eliminate harmful thoughts by responding positively to every negative situation or thought. This type of thinking gives me the best chance of success.”

3- “I will never compare myself to others and I will never base my worth on winning. True success in football is not based on individual statistics or by a win loss record, any more than success in life is based on possessions.”


The above post was inspired using/by:

Woolsey, C. (2010). Athletes’ Choices Can Help or Hinder the Development of Confidence. Retrieved from PodiumSportsJournal.com.

Williams, J. M. & Krane, V. (2015). Applied sport psychology: Personal growth to peak performance (7th Ed.)

Coach Nelson serves as a high school football coach who is pursuing his doctorate in Sport and Performance Psychology. He has worked for division 1 athletic departments, professional sport franchises, a Fortune 100 company and has won numerous awards for his Leadership abilities.

His mission is to positively influence the world through Love, Effort, Attitude and Discipline (#LEAD). To learn more about the LEAD Philosophy follow him on Twitter Levi Nelson or reach out via email at rln10@zips.uakron.edu He’d love to learn about or help you in your journey!