Gaining Self Confidence & Resilience In Tennis

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Source & Credit: Tennis Fitness

No matter the level you play at, at some point in your tennis career you are going to go through a period, possibly periods where you lack self-belief and confidence.

There can be multiple reasons why a player hits these hard times; childhood trauma, lack of exposure to positive environments, having not built enough mental resilience, lack of trust in the process they are following, constant or reoccurring tennis injuries, uncertainty about the direction they are going or constant negative messages.

Today I want to touch on building self-belief and give you some takeaway tennis tips you can use to get you feeling better in this area. Let's go!

No matter how you get into the state of self-doubt and low confidence, there are some key areas you can focus on and practice daily to help get you through it and maintain a higher level of self-belief. I have given you 7 self-belief building tennis tips below because I love helping in this area so much. Use them all or pick a few that you feel will have the biggest impact.

Think about self-belief and confidence as a living creature. We need to feed it the right things to give it energy. We need to protect it and nurture it in order for it to grow. If we are not doing this, how can we expect it to be highly functioning and thrive?

Here we go!

Tips - How to Gain Confidence & Resiliance in Tennis

  1. Put yourself in the right environment - First and foremost if the tennis environment you are in is not positively geared for you, you are in trouble. If I found myself in a negative environment, I would be out of there, period. We all have different personality types and ways we like to communicate, so if where you are at now isn't ticking the boxes, look to make changes. However, before you do this, you need to ask yourself a few questions; How have you impacted the situation? What can you do to make it a more positive environment? If I keep doing what I am doing, am I going to achieve my goals? your answers should give you a better understanding of what you need to do. Feeling good about what you are doing and how you are doing is going to lift your energy and build motivation. This feeds your self-belief.

  2. Focus on your goal - Distract yourself from what you don't want by distracting yourself with what you do want, have I confused you? haha. I hope so! because most people get this around the wrong way. They get distracted by what they don't want and it impacts their direction to what they do want. Stay focused on your goal and in each moment you feel distracted ask yourself is this helping me step towards my goal or away from it. It is that simple and it will help guide you the right way.

  3. Be nice to yourself - Seriously, be nice TO YOU. It costs you nothing and once you get used to it, you feel better