Confidence is king. But when should we be boastful about our talents and when should we be humble?
Richard Sherman’s tirade during a televised interview after the Seahawks-49ers game made this a viral question. Sherman told FOX sideline reporter Erin Andrews that he was the greatest cornerback and that a “mediocre” player like Michael Crabtree had no business competing against him.
The video went viral, with many people defending Sherman and others calling him classless. While he stepped over the line when he called another player mediocre, I believe he said what all great athletes say to themselves daily: “I am the best and no one can beat me.”
Given all the difficulties and obstacles you will face, you must believe in yourself to succeed. To reach the top of your profession, you must have supreme confidence.
But how do you get your confidence supercharged? How can you keep your confidence regardless of rejections and obstacles?
You must train your confidence daily. Ask Billy Mills. He was the epitome of the underdog for the 10,000-meter run in Tokyo at the 1964 Olympics. But for months before the event, he wrote in a journal how we would have a great kick at the end of the race and have explosive energy. Day in and day out, Mills wrote positive self-statements.
The hard mental work paid off. As he approached the last turn, he was in third place. But then all his confidence-building kicked into high gear. He began to chant to himself, “I can win, I can win.” With the greatest kick in Olympic history, he won the gold medal because he trained his confidence to be king.
We are taught to be humble, not boastful. If Billy Mills had boasted how he was going to win the race, we would have felt abhorrence instead of reverence. But confidence is essential, so there lies the complication.
Be more like Mills than Sherman. Be extremely confident, and continually train it on a daily basis. But keep it to yourself!