Self Esteem For Self-Esteem

Better Essays
What: Many people often mistake self-esteem for self-confidence. However, they differ. Self-esteem is the perception to which an athlete feels recognition and approval (Bailey, 2014). It is the inner measure of self-worth and competency. Self-confidence, on the other hand, is the belief in one’s ability to achieve something (Kay, 2014). Why (is it important, high vs low): Self-esteem is vital to our mind and body. Cognitively, it can play a significant role in success. An athlete with high self-esteem would feel worthy and valuable despite the performance and the outcome of the competition (Chertok, 2014). They know how to focus on their strengths rather than to put importance on their weaknesses. However, low-self esteem can lead to one…show more content…
According to a talk by Guy Winch (Why we all need to practice emotional first aid, 2014), athletes tend to ruminate over poor performance that very well become a bad habit. Because by wasting so much time so fixated on the negativity, athletes end up putting their physical health at risk by being involved with the abuse use of intoxicants, alcoholism, alienation, suicidal thoughts, and many more (United Nations, n.d.). By learning how to cope with self-esteem, there would be lifelong perks such as lower anxiety level; viewing life positively; lesser likelihood to comply to peer influences, and many more (Anon.,…show more content…
Ingrid Schweiger (Schweiger, 2008), self-esteem is a process that is ever-changing. Because it is not a constant characteristic, it can be constantly in flux. Therefore, parents play an important role to help facilitate self-esteem in young athletes. Their role as parents should provide support to their child by (1) encouraging them to voice out on how they felt during and after the game. This would encourage them to solve their anger or problems peacefully and satisfactory, thus enhancing their confidence and self-esteem. (2) Encourage their child to focus on teamwork and their individual performance instead of focusing on winning and losing. (3) Parents should educate their child to learn to expect and accept fear as an inevitable part of competition and they must not be afraid to feel fear. (4) Explain that iteration during practice is part of growing into a more confident player and they should learn to embrace it (Corbett,
Get Access