Earned confidence is a term I first heard explained by Jason Khalipa in his book. ‘As Many Reps as Possible“
We are told to be more confident a lot during our early years, at least I was. But no one ever stopped to go beyond that and tell us how to be gain confidence. Earned confidence is the way.
You are going to not be good at anything you don’t know how to do. So you have to do it, fail, and keep doing it. Many people think that if they try something and fail at it, they are not good at it and give up. I am not sure where this comes from, but it is widespread today. “I guess I am just not good at this!” Possibly, but more likely, you need to keep at it to get good at it.
Earned confidence is practicing something until you are good at it. It takes 10,000 hours of practice to be great. But it doesn’t take nearly that long to get confident.
Thanks for reading all that. Now to the couch to 5k plan. =-) Here is a 7-week plan that will get pretty much anyone ready for their first 5k run. This 7-week plan will give you the earned confidence you need to get to the start line and finish the race.
Download it here: Couch to 5k plan.
This is a beginner’s plan. If you need something for more advanced running, let me know!