The cheers and adulation that follow your success and moments of triumph speaks of the triumph of humanity over the odds of pain, suffering and sometimes disappointment that you have had to survive to make it to that day and hour of glory. People congratulate and are happy for you because you exemplify to them what it takes to make it in life and can see themselves in you albeit without the athletic ability that you possess.
In most Individual sporting disciplines, building confidence in oneself is not without its own pitfalls but for the most part the result is almost always a positive one. The journey to building that supreme confidence in one’s own abilities are fraught with trials and tribulations; ones that will challenge your belief in self, challenges if surmounted will yield a lifetime of dividends of success in many other areas of life.
Athletes must have that dogged nature to persevere and stay focused and true to what they are doing otherwise the very Confidence they are trying to build will be eroded and replaced with doubt. Don’t forget the age-old rule “Fall Down Seven, Stand up Eight” never ever allow yourself to be counted out in this battle of your very existence in space and time.
By Leslie Koroma Sr