“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
I have been struggling with my confidence during Olympic lifts lately. I have been getting stronger and my technique is better, but I still sometimes doubt my abilities. When I was lifting on Saturday, I stood so long getting prepared to go, I was unable to even start the lift. Doubt was creeping into my thoughts and it was paralyzing my body. I don’t really know what I was afraid of… maybe failure. It did get better as I warmed up a little more, but I was definitely struggling. I finally made a heavy lift and my coach even got it on video. Being able to see a good lift seemed to be the thing I needed to see.
I know that I lift best when my confidence is high, but I am not always able to find that confidence. I look to my coach to remind me that I will increase my confidence as my technique and strength improves. I have to continue to attempt heavy lifts because as I make them, my confidence will improve also. I must continue to try things that I am afraid of and do things I think I can’t do. In doing so, I allow confidence to follow and grow.
What do you do when you are lacking confidence? Do you shy away from the things you are afraid of? Do you face your fears head on? A confident you is waiting for you.