The first place confidence comes from is your preparation. There is no substitute for the feeling of confidence you get from knowing that you’ve done the work and put in the time. A big part of confidence comes from good old fashion skill. The more competent you are in something, the more confidence you will have. There is no substitute for that work.
For example lets say you have not confidence in your ability to shoot the basketball. Before you look for some deep seeded psychological reason, ask yourself…
- How many shots am I taking outside of practice?
- Am I recording improvement?
- Do I have a consistent shooting routine, I do every day?
If the answer to these questions is no then that’s not a lack of confidence issue, it’s a lack of preparation issue. It would be the same saying “I don’t know what’s wrong with me these days but I have no confidence performing brain surgery.”
Well, you shouldn’t have confidence performing brain surgery. You’ve never been to medical school to acquire the skills needed to be confident performing brain surgery.
The same thing is true for shooting. If you don’t practice shooting regularly and consistently than you shouldn’t feel confident in your shot and coach probably doesn’t want you to feel confident in your shot because you may not have a high level of skill.
How do you get more confident in your shot?
The hard truth is you have to put in the work. If over the next six months you got up 400 shots a day from game spots and game speeds then I can all but guarantee you’ll be more confident in your shot…six months from now.
The first place confidence comes from is your preparation. There is no substitute.
Too many players waste time working on things that don’t happen very often in games. One thing all great players have in common is their intentional training of game-specific actions
This is a correspondence between PGC owner Dena Evans and a long-time PGC grad. I was so moved by Dena’s response to this player, which the player’s father shared with me, I decided to ask Dena, and this athlete, for permission to share this correspondence publicly. If you know the heart-ache and disappointment of not reaching your team or individual goals, this is a must-read.
Far too often, basketball players make the game too hard with their go to move. They use multiple dribble combo move that rarely result in a successful attack. James Harden
PGC Basketball provides intense, no-nonsense basketball training for players and coaches. Our basketball camps are designed to teach players of all positions to play smart basketball, be coaches on the court, and be leaders in practices, games and in everyday life.
We combine our unique PGC culture with a variety of teaching methods and learning environments to maximize the learning potential of those that attend our sessions. In addition to spending 6-7 hours on the court each day, lessons will be reinforced through classroom sessions and video analysis.
Our goal at PGC is to empower you with the tools to fulfill your basketball dreams, while also assisting you in experiencing the joy of the journey.