This highlights a couple important points when it comes to young athletes performance. When an athlete has to focus on "beating" the opponent, they have to focus on their own performance and the performance of the opposition. However, as stated in the article, when focusing on only their past performances and striving to improve on them, the athlete understands that everything is in their own control, and they do not have to worry about the performance of someone else. For encouragement in young athletes I believe this it especially important to focus on improving themselves as opposed to simply winning because that competitive spirit does not fully come to fruition until later in their athletic careers anyways. With focusing on self-improvement they will be better positioned to win in the future as well. This in essence is a win-win scenario and will increase the confidence of a young athlete under positive circumstances.
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