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Maintaining Confidence and Motivation in Challenging Times by Dr Cíara Losty


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Dr Cíara Losty, Waterford Institute of Technology, Psychology Matters Day.

A misconception that many people and athletes have is that confidence is something that is inborn or that if you don’t have it at an early age, you will never have confidence. In reality, confidence is a skill, much like technical skills, that can be learned. Just like with any type of skill, confidence is developed through focus, effort, and repetition. This talk will look at how everyone can develop and maintain their confidence, even in challenging times.

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Maintaining Confidence and Motivation in Challenging Times by Dr Cíara Losty

  1. 1. Maintaining Confidence and Motivation in Challenging Times Dr Cíara Losty Course Leader MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology, WIT follow us @sportpsychWIT
  2. 2. Who am I? provider at the London Olympics for the Irish Olympic team Ireland sports science and medical team Sport and exercise psychology, WIT Works with teams Sport and exercise psychology WIT Sport Science & Medical team e.g. Jockey pathway Irish Olympic team prep London/Rio/Tokyo Olympics
  3. 3. Katie Taylor delivered the goods when needed, the weight of the nation upon her If YOU are on a challenging path
  4. 4. Youare here!
  5. 5. Get into the best frame of mind to achieve your GOALS
  6. 6. Write down your answers to the following: • List 3 things you have already accomplished in your life • Write down something you want to do, a goal or target but are struggling with in your life. e.g. Confidence, interviews etc. What type of person do you need to be to achieve your goals? • Ink it and think it Goal setting exercise
  7. 7. 50000 to 80000 thoughts per day. On a loop, snowball How do you need to think, feel and behave to achieve your goals? #DDDD T.E.A. - impact everything you do When it comes to success start with your head Your thinking needs to be USEFUL and HELPFUL! STOP ask yourself Manage thoughts & Feelings
  8. 8. Focus on what you can control You generate your mood
  9. 9. Age 11 Katie Taylor began her dream to win an Olympic Gold Medal
  10. 10. 15 years to achieve her Olympic goal What can we learn from this? • multiple routes • no female boxers • wasn’t in Olympics • The lowest point – the Rio Olympics • Boucebackability – now the unified lightweight champion of the word, ended a 5 year reign of her competitor MAKE IT HAPPEN, NOT ‘WAIT’ FOR IT TO HAPPEN
  11. 11. You Control Your thoughts This is your starting point.