Do You Instill Confidence Cues?

“Achieve your clear performance goal using confidence cues. ” – Raj Gavurla


Performance Breakthrough(s):

One skill to instill to create performance breakthrough(s) is confidence cues.  An example is driving to Greenville, SC from Washington, D.C..  Do you have a clear performance goal?  Yes, drive to Greenville, SC. Your confidence cues are put a full tank of gas in the car and refuel when needed, drive to Richmond, Durham, Greensboro, and Charlotte.  Each confidence cue gets you closer to your clear performance goal of driving to Greenville, SC.

Some people have a performance goal but it is not a clear performance goal.  They say in my coaching they want or need a client.  This is not a clear performance goal.  Why do you want a targeted client and how will you approach them?  Answering this question creates a clear performance goal.

Now that you have a clear performance goal, what are your confidence cues.  You know to prepare and do so, you  connect in a genuine way, and you have wisdom to approach them the right way. All of these are confidence cues.  Another confidence cue to instill is to ask better question(s) to create the right dialogue to help them get what they want, need, or are interested in.

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership:

Are you creating performance breakthroughs?  Are your employees involved with innovation and entrepreneurial leadership?  The new trend in business is towards an innovation and entrepreneurial leadership culture instead of a hierarchical or authoritative culture.  Do you have a process to help your business  become more innovative and exhibit entrepreneurial leadership?  Doing so is a win for all.

“The Zone” Effect:

By many “the zone” effect is described as everything is in slow motion, time stands still (isn’t a deterring factor), and your performance feels effortless.

A sports example is when playing basketball before I shoot I’m already thinking ahead (therefore, I know I will shoot although I’m dribbling), then I see the rim one foot higher (for arch and backspin), and feel.  The last two are co-activation.  Some players see shooting the ball over the loop of the goal and some watch the path of the ball and some don’t.  What works for you?

Do you need to instill confidence cues to make you a better shooter.  There is always a spot on the floor for a shooter.

Your Most Recent “The Zone” Effect:

Here’s an exercise for you?  Describe a time when you were in “The Zone”.  Also, have your teammates describe a time when they were in “The Zone”.  What did you learn from this exercise?

As you progress, you learn skill(s) to achieve your clear performance goals.   The skill progresses in stages:

Learn the skill ->Develop the skill ->Build the skill ->Grow the skill ->”The Zone” Effect (use skill at the right time)

That’s “The Zone” Effect. Are you experiencing your “The Zone” Effect?

An amateur practices until they can play it correctly, a professional practices

until they can’t play it incorrectly.” – Unknown

I’ve been using my innovation and entrepreneurial leadership tools in my speaking programs, private performance and life consulting, and coaching.  This tool among other concepts and tools appear in my Entrepreneurial Thinking Tools manual, Your Raise The Bar: Mental Performance Tools workbooks for business/education, sports, and Winning At Entrepreneurship.  There are more resources to help you at

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About the Author Raj Gavurla

Raj helps and works with individuals, teams, and athletes that want to experience human performance, life, organizational development and breakthroughs interconnected with your life, business, and sports.

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