Many wrestlers hold themselves back in matches and perform poorly under pressure. They lack Kyle Dake confidence that they can overcome any situation in a match. They lack David Taylor guts to pull the trigger when they see an opportunity.
Maybe Kyle Dake and David Taylor have it naturally. More than likely they have learned it over time. Here are some quick steps to building confidence:
1. Make list of your best past performances (practice or matches). This doesn't necessarily mean only wins. Many wrestlers focus too much on what they need to improve and not enough on what they are good at. You need to look at this Confidence list often to KNOW you are a great wrestler.
2. Watch great performances of other wrestlers who use similar technique.Wrestlers need to KNOW that their technique works at their current level and at the highest level.
3. Make list of music, movies, quotes that make you feel good. The more motivated and happier you are, the more confident you will become.
4. Improve body language. When you act confident, you become more confident. This is a fact that has been studied significantly. Fake it until you make it.
There is always another level in you. I don't care who you are. A JV wrestler or Jordan Burroughs.
My dad has always been my role model. When I was a kid my dad would always ask my brothers and I, what is the biggest room in the world?
Quickly we caught on- It is the Room for Improvement.
I also have always looked up to guys like John Smith, the Brands brothers, and of course the legend Dan Gable.
I first heard the term Jump Levels from John Smith as he was talking to his team. He told them that whether they were a freshman, a National Champ, or World medalist they would all need to look to Jump Levels each day to continue to be successful. Workouts and training cannot be routine if you are looking to Jump Levels. Rather there needs to be a sense of urgency and focus to improve in some area each day.
I believe so much in this idea, we literally trademarked the phrase Jump Levels (thanks John Smith) and it is written on the back of each of our Z-Fanatical shirts.
The Brands Brothers echo this idea of Constant Improvement. In a Tom Brands interview he said, you don't let a day go by where you don't improve in some way- athletically, academically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, nutritionally, etc. Over time, he says, these daily improvements will begin to manifest and multiply. That is what Jumping Levels is all about.
Dan Gable once said- my philosophy says you can never reach 100% potential. Even living legend Dan Gable believes that there is ALWAYS room for improvement, ALWAYS another level you can reach.
The reason these guys are successful in wrestling, coaching, and in life is because they all embrace the idea of Jumping Levels. They may all call it something different, but the idea is the same. The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. The way to achieve greatness in wrestling and in life is to seek constant improvement and always look to Jump Levels.
Challenge yourself each day, create new goals and challenges, look for new ways to improve. If you think you have all the answers, then you better start asking better questions.
There are so many facets to our sport and to life, that no matter how much time you have put in there is always another level. Strive for it each day. And when you get there start reaching for the next one. You could rest assure that it will be there.
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