Believe it or not athletes more than most tend to suffer with low self esteem and low self belief, which sounds bizarre when you think just how cocky they can appear on the outside.
That is until you understand the 24/7 scrutiny they are constantly under today as they are expected to be always “available”.
Beyond their sporting performances where they are publicly judged, categorised and ranked, they are also open to constant assessment of their comments, their actions and their beliefs via social media. With the liberation of information accessibility that the internet and social media brings, it also brings having to be “on” constantly. This can increases our awareness of being inside the “fish bowl” and the athlete mode 24hrs a day.
This is manifesting a warped view of the athlete by the athlete as they become more externally referenced and less self assured.
Check out this episode of Brain in the Game, where I help rebalance this by showing key strategies in building a sustainable self belief.
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