The illusory nature of Confidence, A.K.A. “Keeper’s!!!”

18 10 2008
Caersws 0 Bangor City 1
Welsh Premier League

Confidence is a slippery bugger, you can have it then it slips from your grasp. You can regain it but then re-lose it. You may feel as though it has been pilfered by a thief whilst you slept soundly. Wikipedia describes it as;  

“…generally described as a state of being certain, either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct, or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective given the circumstances. Confidence can be described as a subjective, emotional state of mind, but is also represented statistically as a confidence level within which one may be certain that a hypothesis will either be rejected or deemed plausible.”

You can help instill confidence in yourself. You only need to  read a book from the fascinating world of motivational philosophy and your life will be set;

“Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.” Norman Vincent Peale

Just believe, believe and believe again and it will come true. There are plenty of books to choose from; “You Can If You Think You Can”, “The Magic of Thinking Big”, The nattily titled, God’s Little Instruction Book for Students: A Collection of Simple, Humorous, and Motivational Sayings to Inspire You to Greatness.” and my personal favourite; “Get Confident, Stupid!!”

We must ensure that the world doesn’t stop spinning so we simply must do things that instill confidence in loved ones, friends and admirers that lack the precious feeling. We can’t have a world that’s suffering form a lack of confidence, we have to have a world that is frownless. 

To help people’s fragile confidence you can do many things; give them responsibility, pick them up with a supportive chat or motivate them with a speech. You could even read the poem of that well-known racist Rudyard Kipling to people;;

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

Wise words indeed. The biggest thing you can do to inspire confidence in others is acting in a confident manner so that people may follow your example. If you don’t follow these steps people will never dream and If people never have a dream how are they gonna have dream come true?

To apply this outlook to the base world of football, appearing confident is very important. Imagine the situation; your team is under pressure due to attacks by the opposition. Imagine how the defence feels; pressurised, their muscles tiring and yearning for respite. The defence would look at the goalkeeper as the last man standing between oblivion and glory. The defence would rely on him to remain resolute to repel everything calmly. In short they would need him to inspire confidence and he would do this through his actions and general demeanour.

Claiming crosses is a particularly effective way for a goalkeeper to demonstrate confident actions and demeanour. A keeper just needs to keep their eyes on the ball, time their leap up towards it, calmly catch the ball and bring it safely into their chest. All they need to do at the same time is bark out an an authoritative shout, “KEEEEEPERRRR’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!”, to prevent confusion. Of course all of this will be complicated by the presence of opposition players cluttering the way but dealing with them adds to the general sense of confidence. That all sounds simple enough doesn’t it?

However, If you miss any element of the subtle mix you will fail to engender the right level of confidence in your colleagues. Today, at around the 55th minute of the match, the ball cut through the air into the Caersws penalty area. The keeper kept his eye on the ball. The keeper leapt up. The keeper shouted “KEEEEEPERRRR’SSSSS!”. It was a textbook example of calmness under pressure until the point he missed the ball and Footbal Genius Peter Hoy headed the ball into the goal. 1-0!!! Before and after this point it was a tale of Bangor possession, crappy haircuts, a howling wind, a rutted pitch and bizarre refereeing.

As I said at the beginning, confidence is a slippery bugger. Poor, poor keeper.





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