When World Class Athletes Lose Their Confidence

When World Class Athletes Lose Their Confidence

Olympian Gymnast Jack Miles Competing on Rings
Olympian Gymnast Jack Miles on rings.

How to regain your confidence.

Since it is the Olympic season, I thought I would share this story that my husband, Jack Miles, loves to tell every four years as we watch the sports.

This took place during a national gymnastics competition when he was competing to win the gold medal for the best in the country.

Just prior to his turn on the gymnastic rings, as the gymnast before him was finishing up a spectacular routine, my husband suddenly lost his confidence. It’s hard to believe that the very best in their particular sport can lose their confidence for no apparent reason, right?

I mean, wouldn’t all those past successes just naturally give you the confidence? Can confidence really totally leave you right before one of the biggest events of your life? Yes, apparently so. And the lack of confidence in a dangerous sport comes with a lot of other serious concerns.

My husband turned to his best friend, and teammate, and told him that he was not feeling confident. His friend said, “Oh, don’t worry about that, Jack. You can just borrow my confidence. I KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will win this.”

My husband was helped up to the swinging rings by his best friend and then performed his routine. Perfectly. As soon as he landed, having nailed the landing perfectly as well, he had tears running down his eyes. He knew he had won.

From a total loss of confidence to being filled with the complete confidence necessary to do your most perfect best … and all you have to do is borrow confidence from someone else. So, you don’t ALWAYS have to have it on your own.

And as fast as you can lose belief in yourself, you can also get that belief back … just as fast.


Nancy Dye is a breakthrough mindset coach and resilience trainer helping people to transform the quality of their lifestyles. Nancy was trained in strategic intervention with Robbins-Madanes Training (Tony Robbins and Cloe Madanes) and has over 30 years as a weight loss, peak performance, and sober coach. She specializes in “jumping over” adversity, addictions and diseases, and transitioning through life stages.

With a career in sales and marketing, and having been coached by the top sales trainers in the corporate world, as well as by some of the most elite equestrian trainers, Nancy redesigns the inside lives of executives, entrepreneurs, veterans, and athletes.

Nancy is married to Jack Miles, a former Olympian gymnast who is inducted into four athletic Hall of Fames. For one-on-one coaching or information on her “Mindset to Walk on Fire” workshop, Nancy can be reached at NancyDyeSICoach@gmail.com. www.Elitelifestyletransformation.com