The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
The majority of players experience fear or anxiety at some point, but how does the fear of failure effect their actual performance? Fear of failure can hold you back from reaching your true potential. Fear of failure can be truly detrimental to an athlete’s success.
Often, we fail to achieve goals because of the fear of failure. And the way we
see failure. Failure equals feedback. Failure equals the indicator that we need
to learn another way. A successful athlete will push themselves out of their comfort zone and take
risks, even if those risks could result in failure. A player who understands that sometimes it will pay off and sometimes it won’t, but that is part of the game.
Taking too many risks is not necessarily a good thing, but it is a fundamental component of being a successful athlete. For some players, they are so scared at the thought of making a mistake that they prefer to stay in their comfort zone and do as little as possible to avoid the risk of embarrassment. So, if you are a player who rarely takes any risks than it may be a sign you are experiencing fear of failure Sometimes we do not achieve our goals because of the fear of risk. Everything we do requires risk. In order to play at our best, we have to take risks, play free, and enjoy.
Babe Ruth had the most strike outs and the most home runs illustrating that infact to be successful you have to also fail, and make mistakes. Mistakes are the only things that we can guarantee in a game, so we should use these to make ourselves better. To learn. Perserve and conquer. Use
Therefore, we need to learn to see fear in another way. You will not achieve your goals without some failures. Do you doubt you ability? What makes you doubt your ability? How can you make changes to increase confidence and be okay with making mistakes? If change is scary, admit it, do a little at a time, seek out more change, and try to see yourself as someone who looks forward to change. Everyday you should try to have a new experience, this is how we grow and develop as athletes and people. By trying new things, by creating new experiences, habits and strategies. Do what you want, and not what you dont want.
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.