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Getting Your Swagger Back: A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Regain Lost Confidence

Utah Utes wide receiver Britain Covey (18) celebrates a kick return for touchdown with teammates as Utah and Oregon State play a college football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. Utah won 30-24. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – After falling short to BYU for the first time in 12 years last weekend the Utah football team lost more than just a game. The Utes also lost their swagger.

Losing swagger is not a joke. It affects roughly 8 out of 10 Americans each year (according to my own estimates) including several college football players each weekend.

It’s ok. You’re not alone.

“We had swagger and you lose it for a weekend,” Utah wide receiver and returner Britain Covey publicly shared in front of news cameras. Covey is not afraid to admit to something millions of other Americans suffer from. “It’s easily lost but difficult to bring it back.”

You might be asking, “How? How do I get my lost swagger back?”

If you too are suffering from a loss of swagger, follow these easy steps to bringing that swagger back just in time for another weekend of college football.

Here are Covey’s Seven Highly Effective Habits to regaining that swagger:

1 – Smile more at work “You’ve got to be happy. You’ve got to come to work excited,” Covey shared. “I’m going to come in tomorrow and be goofy Brit.” A positive attitude helps wash away the sorrows and woes of prior days. And it all starts with a smile.

2 – Become an example of positivity

One of the secrets to building swagger according to Covey is teamwork. “You need multiple people to do it.”

When targeting coworkers and friends that would make good partners in building swagger, look for the leaders.

“You need leaders to do it. You need Devin Lloyd to come out with that swagger.”

3 – Bounce Back

In dating, you might call it a rebound. In sports, it’s the bounce-back game.

“Have a bounce back game where you bring that swagger back,” Covey advises.

Find an easier day on the calendar to target as an opportunity to go in with a smile and along with your leaders, bounce back.

4 – Positive Affirmations

Whether you’re staring in the mirror, driving alone in your car or spending time with a teammate or friend be sure to take a few moments each day to recite some positive affirmations to build that internal swagger.

“This team is good. Bring that swagger,” Covey recited after practice.

5 – Be a Self Starter

When you’ve lost that inner giant and are feeling down on yourself, don’t wait for someone else to come along to start building the swagger back up. Covey says the first step towards finding that swagger again is the step you have to take on your own.

“That’s up to you. Don’t rely on someone else to bring it back,” Covey says.

6 – Don’t Overdo It

Humility is an important part of swagger. Once it starts to well up inside you again, don’t overdo it. It’s important to find that happy medium.

“You have to roll with the punches,” Covey explained. “Never too high, never too low.”

7 – WIN

“Anyone who says you won’t lose in life is just lying,” Covey bluntly shares. “Its so cliché but its all about how you respond.”

Look good, feel good, play good. What once was lost now is found. The best way to respond is by taking that swagger and go win!

If the Utes are able to apply these seven Highly Effective Habits from Covey, they will regain their swagger and beat San Diego State in their final non-conference game before PAC-12 play begins.

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