Confidence can be developed through planned and purposeful practice, using tools such as goal setting, control of thoughts, control of self-talk, control of body language or visualization. Here are some techniques:
Set goals. You need to understand where you are and what beliefs may be holding you back. You should have a plan. It should see you giving your best and maximum effort at all times.
Plan your competition carefully. Competition’s schedules should be guided by realistic and attainable weekly and daily goals.
Memorise experience of success. Try to memorize what you do well during practice. It will be the first step on the confidence way. To help you you can use positive self-talk after each significant success (point, game, match …); You can use rituals (pump you fist); Take a mental picture; or develop a post competition routine (document your success in a notebook).
Become aware of your body language. Acting and looking confident is essential to improve self-confidence. You should look strong and in control, even if you don’t always feel it.
Acknowledge yourself. It is important you compliment yourself on the hard work you do daily.
Improve other mental skills. As your mental skills improve, you start to believe that you possess self-confidence to perform well.
Get in great shape. We know the strong connection between mind and body. To feel confident, you need to be in great physical shape. Fitness is the key to a positive mindset, to being sharper in your mind, to accept challenge and to be at your best.
Intensity. You should practice with intensity, solidifying strengths and improving weaknesses.