The 3 Levels of Confidence
For a different perspective on confidence, we turn to Graham Betchart, the director of mental training for Lucid Performance Inc.
Betchart knows all about the confidence it takes to perform at the highest level in sports as he’s worked with many NBA players, including the number one overall draft picks from 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Betchart and Lucid Performance see confidence as an aspect with three levels: shaky, stable, and supreme.
According to Betchart, there is a common mistake people make when discussing confidence.
“There is a misconception, in my opinion on what confidence is. Confidence for a lot of people is identified as a feeling,” Betchart says. “We want everyone to know that confidence is an action. How you feel is going to be how you feel. The human experience is filled with all kinds of emotions. In a day, you’re going to feel everything– but confidence is an action.”
“Level one, we call it shaky confidence. It’s based on results, outcomes, and feelings. It’s based on avoiding fear and external rewards. So it’s shaky, you’re living and dying with results, it’s like being on a roller coaster. Most people are here, most people are at this level of confidence,” Betchart says.
The key to ascending the levels and becoming more confident is based on abandoning those fears and working through things that make you uncomfortable.
“If you stabilize– level two, if you’re there, ‘I’m all focused on process, this is what I control, I have a great attitude, great effort, the results are crazy, but I’m sticking with it.’ Level three will present itself when the moment is right,” says Betchart.
Attaining level three confidence is a matter of breaking your shell, becoming less dependent on outside reassurance and having faith in your process leading to great results.
“Level three is what we call supreme confidence. And to go from shaky to stable, to supreme you have to stay in that stable level for however long it takes. However long it takes for you to have that moment where you say, ‘Oh wow, my process does work– and if I stick with being in the moment, and work on having a great attitude,’ all of a sudden you have great results.”
“Once you have that experience of having great results, you are no longer looking for outside validation, and then you really trust your process,” Betchart explains. “And the more you trust your process the more you realize that no one can stop me unless I stop myself.”