We use cookies to give you the best experience and to help improve our website. By using our website you are accepting our cookies.  Learn More

UK Coaching Talent and Performance
Developing Mindsets

Exploring the Link Between Confidence and Competence

Leading sports psychologist Dan Abrahams shares his views on one of the age-old coaching quandaries. Have a read and then consider how you might approach the dilemma within your own coaching context

A chicken and egg question for you. What comes first, competence or confidence?

Now, don’t jump too quickly to answer. I suspect you want to. I suspect you want to say competence:

“It has to be competence. By developing skill an athlete can build their confidence.” 

But, like many things in life, perhaps the truth lies more in the ‘grey’ than in the ‘black and white’. 

For me, competence drives confidence and confidence drives competence.

Unlock with Premium

To unlock this resource, power your coaching with our Premium Membership

Elevate your skills with 12 months’ unlimited access to 1000+ resources, plus premium benefits that save you money and provide 24/7 support to reduce stress in your life beyond coaching

Join for £36 pa (just 69p a week!)

Let's Go

Already a Premium Member? login here.

Power Your Coaching with Premium Membership


Transform your coaching with unlimited access to 1000+ resources and 24/7 support, including hundreds of money-saving discounts

UK Coaching Talent and Performance