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Trusting The Process Even When You Dislike The Results

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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.

In this video, Betchart talks about the important of stabilizing a player's confidence. Instead of confidence being up and down all the time or "shaky," he wants the athletes to change their behavior in order to stabilize confidence. He acknowledges that a person's feelings will not change, but their behavior must. He asks athletes to trust in themselves despite what the results are. During struggles, it is important for athletes to believe that a positive attitude, maximum effort level, and high level focus will eventually lead to a positive outcome.

Betchart goes on to talk about how this requires athletes to embrace the uncomfortable. This means that they must accept fear going forward, accept negative results, and still trust that these positive behaviors will lead to success. Athletes must maintain this confidence even in discomfort.