Mental State… Focus, Confidence and Results

I've seen it and have personally experienced it… when you are focused and planned, you will feel more confident.  When others sense your confidence they will be more drawn to you.  It's the psychological side of the equation.  You can have all the skills in the world, but if you don't have confidence it won't matter. 

We see this time and time again with athletes who have the skill but their confidence gets shaken for some reason or another.  As soon as they relax and start enjoying themselves or as soon as they get their confidence back, they shift and their performance improves. 

I've noticed it during this March Madness season… in both the men's and women's basketball tournaments.  Every year it happens that some lesser ranked teams win against what are considered the "better" teams, hence the word "madness" being used to describe it because such wildly unpredictable things can happen.  Last night, the Memphis men lost to the lower seeded Missouri team.  When the Tennessee Lady Volunteers shockingly lost to Ball State this weeekend, Coach Summit (the winningest coach in NCAA history) said in the post-game press conference, "I thought we were tentative, maybe uptight."  

Confidence is a key mental state.  Results are very often contingent on the mental state of the person. 

If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
–Henry Ford

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