Have you ever watched a player that played with the utmost confidence? The way they carried themselves on offense or defense…or heck, even walking…you could just tell that they oozed confidence. It doesn’t matter the situation, the competition, or the stakes…they are THE guy and everybody watching knows it.
Do you wish that was you? Thought so! Well here’s how…it’s actually very simple…
Simple, yes. Easy, absolutely not. Want to know how this trait is EARNED? It’s earned through years upon years of hard work. That’s it. Sacrifice on a daily basis and knowing you’re prepared creates this type of confidence.
I’ll liken it to building a snow ball. It starts off small and unimpressive. Nobody really notices as you’re struggling to pack it big enough to even get it to roll. You’re putting in so much work and only have this pathetic little snow ball to show for it.
But what happens as you continue to roll it? It gets bigger and bigger, easier and easier to roll…now people finally start to notice. That tiny bit of snow is “all of a sudden” a massive, unstoppable snow ball.
Holy crap! How did he make one so big? Lucky him!
But we know the truth…it had nothing to do with luck. It took a lot of work, time, and sacrifice while no one was watching or giving you a second thought.
That’s how confidence works. It doesn’t happen overnight, although it may look that way to the onlookers. It’s earned…and earned slowly year after year.
So next time you see THAT player on the field, realize that the only thing that separates you from him is that he’s been pushing that building that snow ball longer than you have. Confidence is built, not given. Slow and steady…day by day. And you know what the the best part is? It’s all under your control. Build it. Be obsessed.
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute