Ingredients of a Self-Starter

“You have to approach every great achievement in a state of Total Confidence. YOU MUST BELIEVE!” – Coach Gary Pinkel


It always helps to have someone to encourage you when times are hard or when you are about to give up, but those who have tasted true success learned that their number one source of confidence must come from within themselves. Even when the world is crashing all around you, you still have yourself and your values.

Here are the traits you need to be successful, or what we call a “self starter.”

Competitive Greatness:

You must be at your best when your best is needed. To do so, you must learn to enjoy a difficult challenge.


There are three things—mental, moral, and physical. Rest, exercise and diet must be considered. Moderation must be practiced. Lastly, dissipation must be eliminated.


We mean both natural and the learned. Skill is the knowledge of and the ability to properly and quickly execute the fundamentals. Be prepared, and cover every little detail.

Team spirit:

This is what Mizzou is all about—family. A genuine consideration is prominent for success. An eagerness to sacrifice personal interests of glory for the welfare of all is what truly matters.


Practice self-discipline and keep emotions under control. Good judgment and common sense are the initial and final traits of creating a habit of self-control.


As previously stated, confidence must come from within. Confidence is not natural, it is learned—a choice. Respect without fear often comes from being prepared and keeping all things in proper perspective.

Confidence is what allows you to have competitive greatness, condition, skill, team spirit and self-control, and yet, without those five things, you cannot have confidence. It is all a process.

You must remember that confidence is two choices:

  1. Competence builds confidence. First, choose to become more competent. Bring your best focus to practice every day.
  2. Focus confidence on your performance, not the outcome. Confidence is about your upcoming performance, not the outcome! Choose to be focused on and confident about your performance.

The question you must ask yourself, and you have to be honest with yourself, is WHERE ARE YOU? Where are you right now? Which of these things do you have to work on? Remember that there will always be something to work on. Success shouldn’t stop. Therefore you have to be in the moment—RIGHT HERE! RIGHT NOW!

From the whistle to the snap, you must always be focused. How badly do you want it? How confident are you that you can get it? Are you going to let doubt, worry, anxiety and fear stop you from achieving your goals? More importantly, what about the team’s goals? Think positive. Think with confidence.

Confidence is a choice.