How Do I Get My Confidence Back Now That Doubt Owns Me?

Holy Crap!! Where Did My Confidence Go And How Do I Get It Back?

By Annie Berryhill

Here is the definition from

Full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, reliability of a person or thing, belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities;

This has been a top-of-mind topic as I think about my upcoming 95# Snatch goal.

Sounds pretty much like what we have always been taught, what most people would agree confidence is. What strikes me about actual confidence though,  is how fleeting it can be.

On one day, based on my attitude, performance and result in a competition, I was SUPER-Loaded with confidence, damn near cockiness. As I laid in bed, getting ready to fall asleep, I imagined myself in every way executing the lift- confidently, smoothly,powerfully. I really, really believed to the depth of my soul that I was able to do this lift at this weight.  As I set up my practice time the next morning, things were on the right track to match up with what I planned. I moved the bar at a lower weight, it went up and over my head, like an instructional video. I loaded the correct weight, almost giddy with the realization that I was about to execute this big, new weight.

But it was not to be. Even as I began to move the bar, the weight of it stunned me and as brightly and powerfully as confidence had moved in, the big, black cloud of doubt blotted out what I thought was unshakable confidence. I could not even finish the lift enough to fail. Now … doubt OWNED me … OWNED me … and that really sucked. Where the holy crap did that confidence go? What did I do to lose it … how in the world would I get it back?


I asked my hubby about this. He is my go-to guy on stuff like this because he played 10 years of Major League Baseball and I am only now beginning to understand what it took for him to get there and stay there both mentally and physically.

When I asked him what confidence was, he said "For me, it's knowing, through doing something over and over, even failing at times, that I am capable of doing what is expected of me from myself and my team." He went on to say how the more you do something, the deeper your confidence becomes. That makes a ton of sense to me, especially because the thing I have to do, I have only tried and failed ONCE at doing. So of course my confidence is going to be shaky! I have not even developed a foundation of things to draw upon when doubt darkens the doorway.

Moving forward, my goal is to

… Just Do it … Do it til I make it … Do it to Fail …

Do it-DO it -DO IT!

THEN I will develop the basis for unstoppable confidence that doesn't disappear like smoke

I have to admit, it's scary. It's scary because people expect this thing from me, NEED me to do this thing. The sprouts of confidence get trampled by focusing on expectations like that. It's also scary because I don't like to fail, it feels bad, I really don't want to put myself in a situation that would put me nose to nose with my shortcomings.

But I want confidence. I want this 95# Snatch and I want it 21 Times. I really, really do. So I will enter the gates of the unknown, and give it my very best. When I put my head on my pillow and my visualizations are put to rest, I will know that I did the very, best I could do. Moving forward, confidence will be my foundation.

Yes … I like it …

Confidence – unwavering, reliable, within reach, steadfast – Confidence

And I am willing to go through whatever I have to go through …

To do whatever I have to do …

To get IT !!

More to come….



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Anne (Annie) Berryhill is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, athlete and competitor who owns and operates OC Fitness Revival in Orange County, CA.   Services include personal and group training, nutrition classes and counseling and she teaches people how to get the most out of what they've got. Contact her today for a class visit or nutrition consultation

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  1. Solvita on May 25, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I love your attitude, it is between physical and mental. The mental part is very important…Just do it 😉

  2. Elvie Look on May 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Wow, JUST DON'T HURT YOURSELF! That wouldn't be worth it. You are so tiny, I am amazed you lifted that weight over your head!! I am doing10 pounds on my bowflex…. wahoo! 😀

  3. marla on May 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Your article has really made me think Anne!  Physical ability is one thing, but the mental aspect is something so completely different.  Thank you!

  4. Donovan Grant on May 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Annie, great story and great phyical feat. I had a similar occurrence on the golf course recently. Day 1 – Every shot I made was effortless and went just where I needed, On day 2 I couldn't a cows butt with a banjo. It was all in the mind, and it took me about five holes to get back in the groove. Is everything really mind over matter?/

  5. Carol Giambri on May 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Anne, Just do it….do it whether right or wrong…learn…grow…hopefully up..sometimes fall..who knows…regardless great article. Confidence comes over time.  Maybe we are born with it but perhaps it got snagged and rebuilding takes time.  I see locally CrossFit is coming to town.  Great article.

  6. Norma Doiron on June 22, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Great Article! (-_-)  Love your site, too…

  7. Marie Leslie on June 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Great post, Annie.  Confidence is a wonderful thing.  So much of our success or failure is all in our minds.  Keep at it and you will be there.

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