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What’s the most important concept to teach an athlete? Confidence.

What is the single most important concept that you teach your students? A: Confidence is the Key!!!

Parent Q: What is the single most important concept that you teach your students?

A: Confidence is the Key!!!

Confidence is the glue that allows you to hold on to difficult subject matter. The single most important concept that I teach my kids is confidence.

I might be an amazing SAT or ACT instructor, but if I don’t instill a conviction that, “I can do this,” in my students, they will not be able to retain the information I teach. And if kids are not confident, despite getting amazing instruction, they likely won’t be able to regurgitate it. That’s because they are not certain if they “know” it or not.

Confidence makes you sure. . .

And being sure stops you from second guessing yourself.

Confidence is needed most when a kid goes through a rough patch in their overall educational process or even in a single test. I’ve analyzed many tests and seen students start out strong. But they see two or three difficult questions in a row and I notice the student then beginning to get the easy questions wrong.

The ability level of the student didn’t somehow disappear during the test, right? They lost confidence!

I teach my students to develop what I call a Kobe Bryant attitude. Kobe Bryant is considered one of the greatest players to grace the NBA courts. If you watched him play, you saw someone with amazing confidence. It didn’t matter if he just missed 12 shots in a row, he believed the next one was going in.

Kobe wasn’t afraid to miss.

He wasn’t afraid to lose.

Fear of Failure Undermines Confidence

Students have to understand that fear of failure or worry can only hurt them. On the other hand, confidence will allow them to perform at their highest level.

Students have to believe that they are going to have success on the next question, the next play… and in general.

Confidence is Not Arrogance

Confidence is an understanding. “I can and I will.”

It’s closely tied with the concept of hard work. I teach my students to put in the work. Confidence allows them to work hard, and that hard work builds their confidence to higher heights. It’s a self-sustaining cycle.

Confidence is displayed in the effort that they put forth. It actually motivates them. It is essential in empowering students to succeed!

Stay motivated. Build confidence!

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  1. Bridget Dewdney

    March 4, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    This is very true. My daughters absolutely learned to have Confidence from CLM LEARNING SOLUTIONS. The Best tutoring company around the world!!!

  2. Meeks

    March 5, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    I strongly agree with the concept of confidence is the key to being successful. CLM Learning Solutions is a stellar company and simply the best.

  3. Lauren Smith

    March 5, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Great Advice. I like confidence without arrogance. Valuable lesson.

  4. Hikeem Banks

    March 5, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Great article! It should be echoed in all locker rooms this year and so on.

  5. Andrew Lisa

    March 5, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    I agree 100%! Confidence is an essential component of success or failure within anything someone attempts within the realm of what is humanly possible. In my personal and business life, my level of confidence has been integral to my continued growth.

  6. Faye

    March 5, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I agree! CLM Solutions worked with my daughter over a summer and the confidence she developed resulted in bring an F grade up to an A! This is a well written description of how it happened. Thanks to CLM she is eligible to play sports again!

  7. Amos Tingle

    March 6, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    So true confidence is the foundation for success in life.

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