Confidence vs. Arrogance In Athletes

Confidence vs. Arrogance

Over the past few weeks, I have shared a few videos related to confidence in athletes. In the time since, I’ve received several insightful responses from fellow athletes and coaches. One in particular that I felt warranted a response was a question about confidence vs. arrogance. Speaking as a coach, the last thing that I want to do is spend my days surrounded by arrogant athletes. With that in mind, it’s important to understand that building confidence in your athletes should never be confused with creating or encouraging arrogance. In the video that follows, I discuss the difference between confidence and arrogance.

Confidence vs. Arrogance

Although it is possible to be both confident and arrogant, it’s a myth to believe that there is a fine line between the two. It is entirely possible to be highly confident without a hint of arrogance. Confidence and arrogance are separate and unique.

Unfortunately, there are some high profile athletes who clearly come across as being arrogant. The downstream effect is that certain coaches become fooled to believe that confidence naturally progresses towards arrogance. Such an assumption could not be further from the truth however. Confidence has never been the gateway drug that leads to arrogance.

Confidence and arrogance have always been unique. The fact that a high profile athlete may display arrogance should never dissuade a coach from building confidence in his players. Regardless of the sport, confidence will always be an integral part of maximizing the athlete’s performance. Time and energy must be invested towards building it. Don’t let the fear of arrogance distract you from this pertinent task.

Instead, work to build the type of confidence that is both silent and powerful. As mentioned within the video, a confident athlete will never need to tell you that he is confident. It will already be evident based on how he carries himself and performs.

Actions speak louder than words so focus on building your athletes up from within so their actions can eventually speak for themselves.

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  1. This is a great article….I love that you mentioned the misconception that there is some sort of natural progression from confidence to arrogance.
    With athletes that I train, I stress that, as progress is made through work, the confidence that grows inside should be coupled with gratitude. I tell them, that as they get better, they should look for opportunities to make others better.
    Unfortunately, today, there are many people who would agree with the article (including parents and coaches), yet their lives show them to be hypocritical to these truths. People who support blogs like rosstraining need to lead the charge against them.

  2. As a high school teacher and wrestling coach I find arrogance both in the classroom and wrestling room to significantly inhibit the learning process. Arrogance stunts/shuts down a growth mind set.

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