Ask yourself this: what type of competitor are you?
Are you the kind who likes to play it safe and just do
alright? Or are you the kind who’s willing to take a
chance on possibly failing in order to accomplish
something amazing? More than anything else, it’s a fear
of failure that keeps people from achieving their full
potential in sports, in life, in business-in everything.
Fearing failure is more than just a bad thing. The
bottom line is that in order to be good in your sport, or
whatever it is that you do, you simply can’t be afraid of
failing. Here’s why: Being afraid to fail actually helps
create the conditions that make failure more likely!
Fear of failure causes a lot of problems. It restricts
you. The wrong types of thoughts result in shortness of
breath, tight muscles, and an overload of stress . . .
Worse still, fear of failing can cause a competitor to start
playing it safe 먹튀검증. Instead of rising up to meet the
challenge, he subconsciously shrinks from it.
On the other hand-and this is the important point
-once a competitor learns to overcome the fear of
failing, his chances of succeeding increase dramatically.
In reality, fear of failure is nothing more than a
perceived psychological threat to your ego and self-
esteem. What typically causes a fear of failing is the
state of mind that takes hold when a competitor is afraid
of looking bad, or else is such a perfectionist that he’s
become overly self-critical. In either case, his internal
state ends up holding him back, whether he’s aware of it
Adults are more than capable of wrecking their own
chances with fear of failure. However, with a child,
parents and coaches must be extra careful. Often the
adults are the ones creating this build-up of nervous
stress in the child athlete’s internal world. Injecting the
wrong emotional input into a child’s occasional failure
can ruin the child’s love of the sport and even destroy
With children, it’s especially crucial that we help
build self-esteem, not tear it down. Parents need to go
easy on the criticism. Parents shouldn’t act out. It’s that
type of adult behavior that can cause a child’s fear of
In order to avoid the internal state that causes the
fear of failure, the mental athlete must first come to look
at failure in an entirely different way from most people.
He has to learn to accept that the only way to accomplish
anything great is to risk failing at it first. He has to
accept that without occasional failures he can never hope
to get better. He has to understand that on the path to
greatness, some failures are inevitable. And when he
does lose, the mental athlete has to make a conscious
decision to learn from that failure. Rather than
abandoning himself to the luxury of misery, he will
methodically shut down that destructive voice of internal
self-criticism in favor of looking at failure as valuable
Thus, when he experiences failure, he learns what,
out of all his training, still isn’t working. He learns how
to fail constructively. In other words, the mental athlete
won’t allow a fear of failure to hold him back from
greatness. By learning to look at the occasional failure
differently, top competitors are able to enter competition
without a fear of failure. And that is critically
important. When there is no fear of failure, one gains an
important advantage. An advantage that can make all
After all, consider this: there is no one in history, in
or outside of sports, who ever rose to greatness without
having once failed. Politicians have lost elections.
Generals have lost battles. Millionaires have failed in
prior business ventures. Behind every Olympic gold
medal lie hundreds of second and third place finishes.
Think about it.
Remember: Fear of failure is caused by not
knowing how to fail constructively. The only
way to accomplish anything great is to risk
failing at it first. If you have a fear of failing, it’s
more than just a bad thing. It can actually
cripple your chances of success.