Coaching the Mental Game & Self Esteem — online learning from Deakin University via

I have just completed Coaching the Mental Game, the final course in the series led by Paddy Upton, from Deakin University via FutureLearn.

As with the previous courses, I have spent much longer than the suggested 6 hours, working through the course materials, then reading and contributing to the “below the line” conversations.

Big thanks to Paddy and Deakin University; big thanks to the other participants who joined the online discussions.

I have been left with so many things to think about, so much I can add to the coaching toolkit.

Top of the list, for me, was the discussion around self esteem – why it matters, how it differs from self confidence, how to help athletes to develop it.

As another contributor also commented, I am of a generation that was brought up to view overt self confidence as not necessarily a positive attribute.  And not being aware of the very real difference between self confidence and self esteem, I have fought shy of encouraging the latter in players I coach.

So – not quite “yes, we can!” (too ‘preachy’ for me, perhaps straying into the “positive affirmation” realm), but if I can help the players to develop “…a consistent mental position [that] helps [them] to consistently access ideal mental states for performance”, then that will be a huge step forward for my coaching.

Published by Andrew Beaven

Cricket coach, fascinated by the possibilities offered by the game. More formally - ECB level 2 cricket coach; ECB National Programmes (All Stars & Dynamos Cricket) Activator Tutor; Chance to Shine & Team Up (cricket) deliverer; ECB ACO umpire.

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