How Gymnastics Helps Build Self-Confidence

24487356_sWhat makes a person successful? Is it determination? Yes, partially. Intelligence? A little, at least. Luck? It’s certainly helpful, but not essential.

No, the number-one trait necessary for a person to succeed is Absolute, Unwavering Self-Confidence. Okay, maybe the capital letters were a little overboard. Nobody has Absolute, Unwavering Self-Confidence. We all doubt ourselves from time to time.

But it is true that people who believe in themselves and their abilities have a better shot at leading successful lives than those who are mired in self-doubt. The question is, how do you build the self-confidence necessary to go out and grab that success?

Luckily, there’s an easy answer to that: Be good at something.

There’s no boost out there that’s better than mastering a difficult skill, and gymnastics just happens to be a difficult skill. When kids learn new stunts, and learn them well, they feel an immediate increase in their sense of self-worth. We’ve seen it time and again.

Then, those same kids take the assurance they gain from their newfound abilities and use it in other areas of their lives, wanting to feel the rush of success again and again.

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There are a whole host of ways in which gymnastics can help with self-confidence, but here are the big ones, in no particular order:

  • Athleticism. Gymnasts are some of the most athletic people on the planet. They have to be. The routines they practice tax every muscle in their bodies to the limit, and sometimes beyond (suggest link to safe training post).

Gymnastics training can take you to the peak of physical fitness, which naturally makes you comfortable in your own skin. Being happy with your body is one of the first steps on the road to self-confidence.

  • Encouragement. Another important factor in building belief in yourself is recognition. Having someone you look up to notice and compliment you when you progress in your training is a major ego boost. At All-Star Gym, we make sure to recognize each and every achievement, even if it’s only with a well-placed “Good job”, and nurture our students’ confidence at every opportunity.
  • Mental Toughness. Like we said, gymnastics isn’t easy. In addition to the physical demands, it can be highly-taxing mentally. There are only so many times you can fall when trying to master a stunt before you start to get discouraged.

As much as it is physical, gymnastics is a mental sport, as well. Gymnasts learn that, no matter how many times you fall, it’s up to you to get up and get back on that balance beam.

The mental toughness that builds is key to self-confidence. We can’t ensure that our students will succeed 100% of the time, but we can help them realize that failures are momentary and nothing to be afraid of. We can give them the poise and assurance they need to keep trying, which will pay out a hundred-fold later in life.

  • Performance. Kids can be shy. It’s natural. Overcoming that shyness is a great way to build confidence, and a great way to overcome shyness is to perform in front of people.

Gymnastics is a performance sport, and being able to show off what you’ve learned and impress your spectators is not only a rush, but it’s also a huge ego boost.

  • Camaraderie. Being part of a team has undeniable benefits when it comes to confidence. The team gives each of its members unconditional support, which naturally bolsters each individual. Plus, the friendships formed on the mat can last a lifetime.
  • Fun. Happy kids are confident kids. And happy kids are happy because they get to have fun. No matter how demanding the training can be, no matter how many times you may have to pick yourself up off the mat and try again, gymnastics is a lot of fun, because we make it fun.

The confidence a young gymnast gains lasts a lifetime, and provides the most important key to future success. We wish that every kid out there was possessed with Absolute, Unwavering Self-Confidence. If we could make that happen, we would in a heartbeat. For now, we’ll have to content ourselves with building a confident world, one little gymnast at a time.

Live around Springfield, MO? Gymnastics classes are just a phone call away! (417) 725-1304

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