Pre-Teens Years are Best for Confidence Training
It will take the usual person about 7-10 years to manifest something special in their lives. By manifest we mean having serious goals and visions about a persons future and have most of the goals come true. This takes commitment, hard work, and will power. Most pre-teens who are athletes do not have this type of focus and get scatterbrained and unfocused in their attempts towards a bright future in sports. However, those focused on goals and how to reach those goals around this age, usually end up breaking through levels beyond their means. By and large, these are the scholarship athletes and professional athletes.
Challenging Time for Athletes
It is the perfect age right before high school and normally the sophomore and junior years are the most important years of developing and shining in order to go further. It also the most challenging time for most athletes because it is a time where politics and a lack of opportunities may take place in an athletes life. Those situations alone need to be dealt with and one of the ways to supersede that is devoting an overwhelming amount of confidence in physical and especially mental skill sets. Why?
You need to be set a part from the normal crowd so your path to glory is more undeniable. High confidence levels is the way through this and it is recommended to learn the proper tools to confidence, goal setting, commitment, and inner faith at this age in particular. Again why?
The teen years are the beginning of serious mental toughness tests both on and off the field. If you are not ready, the challenges and obstacles can hold you back. If you are ready, you can bust through challenges and obstacles more quickly to get to where you need to go.
How about learning serious life changing skill sets and instruction before the Jr. High years! Isn’t that important?
An introduction to the importance of how to be confident in one self is a good start, but those athletes who get very serious pro type training too early, burn out early in the adolescence. So learning how to play and teaching good sportsmanship in the beginning is good, but it is best to let kids be kids and let them have fun at the early ages (7-11). Their natural abilities and ways they handle competition will come out naturally as they learn the life of playing sports and being on teams. By 11, most will have a feel how far they want to take their sports career and should be thinking about where they see their self in high school and possibly beyond (depending on their talent and their accomplishments thus far).
Learning How to Think Your Way to Success
From here, learning how to set short and long term goals is important as well as talks about realistic dreams about their career playing sports is concerned. Learning how to think your way to success, being committed, overcoming challenges, self discipline, and visualizing outcomes is one of the most important life long learning processes to experience (especially at this age). The pre-teen years are the most important in developing confidence and playing sports is one of the best platforms for this. What happens to young athletes who do not get taught tools on how to stay extremely confident during these years?
Pre-Teens Tend to Focus on Themselves
Most get lost in dramas, negativity, family and friend dynamics, social inequities, and more. Their focus on themselves and what they really want to do is thrown off and their vehicle for potential success in sports gets derailed. Opportunities get missed and confidence levels slowly start to spiral downward until it is too late.
Take it form an ex school teacher and now pro at teaching kids confidence, the pre-teen years is the best time to mold the confidence of a student athlete and if kids do not learn how to practice building their confidence quotients than they may get set back and learning how to develops their minds the hard way. That means many lost opportunities and losing the window of starting a life of learning how to build a life in sports successfully in full range of vision and faith.