Bale admits he has crossed the mental barriers that were holding him back.
He told hotspur magazine: “I think as you get older you become more experienced and more mature, and obviously confidence is a big thing.
“Inside, I knew what I could do, but it was just getting opportunities to show that. Since January I’ve had that chance and it couldn’t have gone any better.
“Obviously, I think you learn more quickly. There are tough times, but when you get your chance at a younger age you take so much on-board - that’s a good thing, it earns you sound experience which will shape the way you go on to play the game.
“Progressing from the youth-team to the first-team is a big step but I think if your temperament is right and you have quality people around you, then the rewards can be fantastic.
“It sounds simple but I just want to keep improving as a player, to keep learning, to work hard and to take those things into the game, doing my best for the team and playing my part.
“What has helped is that the manager’s come in and there’s a bit of stability now.
“Everybody’s focused on what we’re doing on the pitch. Everyone’s enjoying the fact that we’re exceeding expectations in the Premier League; we just want to do as well as we can.
“So while it’s nice when you get praise - everyone likes that - I just need to keep focused, keep doing well and keep improving.
“It’s not something I listen to too much and I don’t like to tempt fate. There’s enough other stuff to keep all our minds occupied at the moment, after all!”