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True Confidence Is Not Based In Results, Feelings Or External Rewards

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Graham Betchart is the director of mental training for Lucid Performance Inc. (@trainwithlucid). He is also the mental skills coach for many elite athletes, including several collegiate and professional basketball players. He has worked with the No. 1 draft pick in the last three NBA Drafts ('14, '15, '16), the NBA Player’s Association, USA Basketball and many other organizations. Betchart passionately seeks to unlock the full potential in each of the athletes he trains.

Betchart in this video explains that there are three levels of confidence and goes on to describe the lowest level, which he calls "shaky confidence." That is a feeling of confidence based on external rewards and feedback, as opposed to belief in one's actual ability.

Too often, that sense of confidence is tied to an athlete's feelings. Feeling good about oneself equates to high confidence, and not feeling good diminishes the sense of confidence. However, a truly confident athlete has internalized belief in him or her self.

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