Research indicates that the factor most consistently distinguishing successful client outcomes from those seen as less successful, is confidence – with self-confidence (efficacy) cited as being among the chief factors influencing performance in physical activity (PA) environments – but as coaches, we also see confidence as a frequent concern with other elements of our clients overall wellness.  Take for example client nutrition. Most experienced nutrition coaches will tell you how much confidence keeps people from eating properly – be it from feeling unsure of what to eat or reticense tied to making changes with food intake.   Of course, we can easily see that sometimes there is a struggle between feeling self-confident and recognizing one’s weaknesses.

Confidence influences the belief that one can successfully perform a desired behavior.  Although some have viewed self-confidence as both a disposition and a state, the latest thinking is that self-confidence related to PA is a social cognitive construct that can be more trait like or more state like, depending on the temporal frame of reference used.

It may be something you feel today and therefore it might be unstable
Or, it may be part of your personality— and this is viewed as very stable.

Confidence is affected by the specific organizational culture as well as the general sociocultural forces surrounding sport and exercise.

When you expect something to go wrong.
Negative self-fulfilling prophecies are psychological barriers that lead to a vicious cycle: The expectation of failure leads to actual failure, which lowers self-image and increases expectations of future failure. Research (Vealey & Knight, 2002) has revealed that like many other current personality constructs, self-confidence may be multidimensional, consisting of several aspects. Specifically, there appear to be several types of self-confidence within sport, including:
• Confidence about one’s ability to execute physical skills
• Confidence about one’s ability to use psychological skills (imagery, self-talk)
• Confidence to use perceptual skills (decision making, adaptability)
• Confidence in one’s level of physical fitness and training status
• Confidence in one’s learning potential or ability to improve one’s skill

Self-confidence is characterized by a high expectancy of success. It can help individuals to arouse positive emotions, facilitate concentration, set goals, increase effort, focus their game strategies, and maintain momentum. In essence, confidence can influence affect, behavior, and cognitions.
• Confidence arouses positive emotions
• Confidence facilitates concentration
• Confidence affects goals
• Confidence increases effort
• Confidence affects game strategy
• Confidence affects psychological momentum
• Confidence affects performance

Although confidence is a critical determinant of performance, it will not overcome incompetence. Confidence can take an client only so far. Performance will improve as the client’s level of confidence increases—up to an optimal point, whereupon further increases in confidence produce corresponding decrements in performance. Each person has an optimal level of self-confidence, and performance problems can arise with either too little or too much confidence.

Confidence is the belief that you can successful perform a desired behavior. There are two types: state-self confidence and trait-self confidence. Self-confidence may be multi-dimensional, consisting of several aspects. It can include the confidence related to one’s ability to execute physical skills, to use psychological skills, to use perceptual skills, confidence in one’s level of fitness, and in learning potential or ability to improve one’s skills. Some of the benefits of self-confidence are the arousal of positive emotions, facilitatation of emotions, an affect on goals, and an increase in the effort put forth by the client. Next time – working with different confidence levels.

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