Sunday, December 30, 2018

What Comes First, Confidence or Success?

As a college head coach I would often ask my team during an early fall meeting this questions, "What comes first, Confidence or Success?".  Typically, one of the players would quickly say confidence.  "The athlete would say, you have to have confidence before you have success".  I would then say, "Isn't confidence without success unwarranted?  Isn't it being arrogant or even wishful thinking?  How can a person have confidence that has never had success?

Then, of course, one of the players would say, "success".  I would then say, isn't success without confidence just luck?  I mean, if the player doesn't have confidence and succeeds that has to be considered luck and not success. 

Now, obviously, they are all confused.  I would then say, "It is a trick question".  The actual answer is, "Preparation" comes first. 

Only with Quality and Quantity Preparation can the athlete have success.  As the athlete learns to better prepare based on the proper evaluation of her performances then she will begin to see success and then build her confidence.  Preparation is the foundation of confidence and therefore success.

Below is my "Cycle of Success".  More about each in future Blogs!

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