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Pre-fight confidence

 

Unfortunately, there is no quick tip or tool that is going to suddenly make you completely confident going into a fight. Confidence is about having the belief in your capabilities with no fear of failing; which means it takes time, practice and actions to get you where you want to go. I could tell you that you can visualise yourself being successful but without taking the actions to develop those skills, visualisation will only take you so far.

You need to think about:

  1. Where do you want to go?
  2. What actions/steps do I need to take to get there?
  3. What thoughts, emotions and behaviours might get in the way as I progress to where I want to go?

Breaking it down into clear steps will help you to set goals and keep you focused; it will also help you to step outside of your comfort zone as you have decided on the steps you need to take. When we step outside of our comfort zone we have to deal with difficult emotions/thoughts; such as stress, worrying you might let other down or you won’t succeed. This is where developing a mindset of seeing everything as part of the process; what will you learn from this? How will this make you better? What did you do well? Asking yourself these questions will help to build this learning mindset whilst developing your ability to reflect. Reflection is the key for performance and well-being. Finally, keeping note of all the things you have improved on is so important because then you always have those reminders you can look at before your fight; it will help you to focus on what you bring the fight.

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