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Heading Up Confidence

By Morgan Dickson, Intern

Have you ever wanted something but felt that it was just out of your reach? That’s the case for Max Speyer as he prepares to start as lacrosse goalie in Head Case and it was certainly the case for me as I trained to participate in a bike race last year.

HeadCase_cvrBiking was always a fun hobby for me, but when a family member suggested that we attempt to compete in a local race, I felt both excited and scared. I had only ever biked around my neighborhood and occasionally to a friend’s house. I began “training” in order to feel more comfortable, but I lacked the confidence that I could actually make it through a bike race in one piece. I don’t have an affinity to sports (I usually end up on the bench at some point holding an ice pack to my knee or nursing a black eye), so I didn’t have a great feeling about my newest undertaking. Two miles into the race I realized it was not the training that would allow me to finish (though it certainly didn’t hurt), but instead the belief in myself I could do it.

Max Speyer shares similar feelings. The smallest boy on his lacrosse team, he’s awarded the starting position as goalie in the upcoming game—which leaves him feeling uncomfortable and under-qualified as he lacks confidence in his athletic ability. In an attempt to overcome these insecurities Max pushes himself into ridiculously long hours of practice and training. After a heart to heart with his neighbor, Dr. Bob, Max realizes that what is holding him back from his true potential is his lack of confidence in himself.

Head Case: Sports Fiction with a Winning Edge, Sam Chambers and Dr. Bob Rotella, offers that when we are true to ourselves and confident in our abilities, whatever they are, the sky is the limit. Check out more on sports psychology here.

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