Confidence is simple if you believe in you. You must be confident in yourself and in your athletic ability to perform at your best, whether trying out for a team, competing for a spot in a starting lineup, playing against a higher-ranked opponent, rebounding from a poor start or a tough loss, or transitioning to the next level of competition. Identify the challenge, prepare yourself to conquer it, and then approach it with confidence.
Novak Djokovic gave himself a much-needed confidence boost en route to defeating Roger Federer for the 2014 Wimbledon title. After losing the fourth set of the match, Djokovic went to the restroom and had a chat with himself. "I was loud to myself, saying, 'Believe in yourself!'" remembered Djokovic. "You know, it's not a cliché, it really works, even when you don't feel it, to say at times some positive things to yourself—that's exactly when you should do it." It's okay if it feels like you are faking it, at first. Fake it until you make it.
If you are confident, you can be your best when it matters most. Here are eight strategies for boosting confidence. Try them and see what works for you.