I heard on a recent sportscast that the element of confidence is the key difference between good and great athletes.
After acheiving a certain critical level of athletic physical and mental skill, sports success becomes a mind game. It's what you think you can do, what you believe you can do that counts.
For myself, I am working on building my confidence so that I can do regular everyday things without feeling extremely self conscious or even deathly afraid.
Sports psychologists work with athletes to help them increase theri confidence levels in order to help them reach their goals. I am working on learning these skills to help myself too.