I helped coach my daughters volleyball team this year. We worked hard on technique in practice yet found in games that we didn’t execute as well as in practice. It seemed to be a confidence issue.

So we started doing a chant/cheer at each practice, before each game, and at the end of each time out or break in the matches. I would say “I” and girls would response “Believe.” Then I would say “No” and they would respond “Fear” and finally I would say “Go” and they would shout “Wildcats”.

It helped build confidence. They believed they could perform. They did it without fear, regardless of how intimidating the opposition. And then they would just go and execute. Not surprisingly we started playing better.

It really helped focus the team in tight situations or after a few mistakes.

As leaders we need to find ways to do the same instead of just focusing on techniques in our training.