At GUTS Training Center, we often talk with our young athletes and ball players about “fear". In the realm of sports, fear is one human emotion that is not compatible with optimal performance; fear leads to paralysis, which is the death knell on the field of play. The athletes that overcome their fear (or demonstrate fearlessness) are the ones that excel in competition. It's only natural to have fear, and this is what we communicate to our athletes. However, we work with them to face their fear which is the first step in overcoming it.
Dr. Travis Bradberry, in his recent article Overcoming These Challenges Will Make You More Successful (Published on January 5, 2017) explains fear this way:
Fear. Fear is nothing more than a lingering emotion that’s fueled by your imagination. Danger is real. It’s the uncomfortable rush of adrenaline you get when you almost step in front of a bus. Fear is a choice. Successful people know this better than anyone does, so they flip fear on its head. They are addicted to the euphoric feeling they get from conquering their fears.
Don’t ever hold back in life just because you feel scared. I often hear people say, “What’s the worst thing that can happen to you? Will it kill you?” Yet, death isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you… The worst thing that can happen to you is allowing yourself to die inside while you’re still alive.
For the young, aspiring athletes under our tutelage, we will continue to discuss fear and we will keep pushing these kids to face their fears head on. Most importantly, we’ll continue to impart to them that they are not alone in their struggle to overcome — we are in this struggle together.