High Expectations

High expectations often destroy many athletic performances and sometimes careers. While expectations can provide motivation and goals to strive for, excessively high expectations can have damaging effects that create pressure, anxiety, loss of confidence, and fear of...

It Isn’t Important What Others Say, Only What You Believe

Back in high school, I made really good grades, except anything that involved writing. Often papers would come back with messages such as "great content but you really need to work on your writing." One day I had a book report assigned for SR English and I told myself...

Joy vs Pressure

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” -Laird Hamilton At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Nathan Chen was the overwhelming favorite to win gold but suffered a heartbreaking poor performance in the short program that sunk his chances. Afterward...

Overcome the Comparison Trap

Have you ever struggled with the comparison trap? You find yourself weighing your strengths and weaknesses against others? If you’re honest most of us have at one time or another. When we do this, it negatively effects our confidence. After all comparison is the thief...

The Confident Athlete Top Posts From 2023

TOP 10: #1: Researchers at Penn State found that smiling- even a forced smile reduces stress, boasts happiness, and increases confidence. #TheConfidentAthlete #2: Stop worrying about what can go wrong and get excited about what can go right. #3: Being confident isn't...

How to Conquer Your Goal

December 2nd, 2023 marked a year to the day that I found myself in the ER with a collapsed lung. This was after 40 hours of focusing on nothing more than taking the next breath. A year removed, I found myself with tears of joy as I completed the last few miles of a...

Ali Boma Ye!

“It doesn’t matter what you say you believe- it only matters what you do.” -Robert Fulghum Muhammed Ali is a great example of someone that believed in himself. In the 1974 World Heavyweight Boxing Championship, Rumble in the Jungle, Ali was challenging George Foreman,...

Bounce Through Life

“Success is how you choose to define it." I recently how the opportunity to speak to the East Rutherford High School 2023 graduating class. Listen to how we can bounce through difficult decisions and challenges that we face in life:

Run to the Roar

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”-Nelson Mandela According to an old African folktale, a herd of gazelles was feeding lazily on the grasses of the Serengeti, when a pride of hungry lions caught wind of them. Gazelles, as...

The 2 x 4

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” -Max Planck You could walk across a 2x4 board on the ground without falling right? But what if this same 2x4 board is placed 10 stories high, across two buildings? Only a few of us at best...

Bird on a Branch

“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself.” -Charlie Wardle The bird strongly believes that it can still survive even if the branch it is on breaks. It...

The Bamboo Tree

“It takes years to make an overnight success.” -Eddie Cantor The journey of the bamboo tree is a fascinating one. Once planted, it needs to be watered, nurtured, and fertilized every day. But nothing happens in its first year. You do the same thing the next year, and...

The Confident Athlete Top 10 Social Media Posts of 2022

The Confident Athlete's top 10 posts for 2022... #10 Jealousy is a lack of confidence. #9 Until you change your way of thinking, you will always recycle your experiences. #8       #7 Confidence is simple, it comes from the things you say to yourself....

King Blue and Challenger Deep

“In stories, as in life, adversity teaches us things we cannot learn otherwise. Adversity helps to develop a depth of character that comes in no other way. Our loving Heavenly Father has set us in a world filled with challenges and trials so that we, through...

Overcoming Adversity

Adversity is often seen as a bad thing, something to avoid. However, in order to accomplish anything worthwhile, adversity is necessary. We need it! It allows us to show what we are capable of. We need adversity to help us accomplish something great, or if it were...

Podcast Episodes

Jeff Heggie – The Confident Athlete Program

Training the Mental Game on the AD Podcast, Episode #17


The Confident Athlete on the Kathryn for Real Podcast

Check out my conversation on confidence and unbreakable mindsets with Kathryn Gordon.


What Is Mental Toughness?

Everyone talks about being mentally tough… but what does that really mean? Watch this short video from The Confident Athlete Program where Coach Matheny talks about what it means to be Mentally Tough.

The Power of Storytelling

“What you have to do is get into the heart. And how do you get into the heart?
With stories.” -Jane Goodall

Listen to this short video on why stories are important along with several stories for you to use with your team or family.

Overcoming Pressure


Good Game | Mastering the Mental Game: A Q&A with

Confidence Coach Tami Matheny 

Yes, confidence can and should be cultivated in young athletes. Mental coach Tami Matheny offers plenty of tools and advice started to help them get started. [Read More]


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