Being brutally honest with yourself is not a bad start, because if you’re brutally honest about your strengths and weaknesses, you can do something about it. Then you’ve got to put the work in on these key areas, and after that, chances are you won’t fail. You would have prepared well, so self-doubt would no longer exist. Yes, athletes can be anxious before an event, but that’s not the same as being doubtful about performing. I would also emphasise that there’s nothing wrong with failing, and to get them to understand that their performance is not about that. It’s about doing the best you can and giving yourself goals to get there. I mean, winning and losing is a fact of life, but when you let losing become your life, you’ll have problems.
- an extract from Secrets of Winning Coaches Revealed