By John R. Ellsworth – Mental Game Coach
More and more athletes I work with on the mental game come to me with fear of failure. Fear and fear of failure are a constant source of stress or anxiety that sabotages athletes’ mental game and performance. What is fear? In sports most of the fear athletes have is based on their perception of the importance of a performance or game and what they assume others think about their performance.
Most of the time, an athletes fear is about avoiding poor results whether piror to or during a performance. Athletes often fear the negative consequences of a poor or less than perfect performance. Athletes worry about letting their team or coach down. They worry about disappointing a parent or not performing up to a parent’s expectations. They worry about many things that are often not under their direct or immediate control and a lot of this worry is unnecessary.