Motivational Monday Tip of the Day
The great basketball player, Michael Jordan said in a Nike commercial, "26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
From a young age, players hear motivational mantras as, "Do not be afraid to fail," and "Have no fear," repeatedly. It is an important lesson that all athletes must learn, because fear of failure paralyzes players' ability to play freely.
Fear of failure and failure itself are an intricate part of sports, which athletes must learn to deal with.. Ballplayers, who cannot handle failure, or when their fear of it becomes overwhelming, do not last long. Continual fear of failure is a "sports-desire destroyer."
Thus exists - the dichotomy of fear "Play with no fear, but have so much fear that it drives you to success."
Ballplayers generally fall into one of these three camps:
Coaching Secret to Helping Players deal with the Fear of Failure
Therein lays the secret for coaches to help players to deal with fear practice with fear, play with no fear. Trying to ease the pressure, the first group puts on themselves, and helping the second group to embrace the fear to welcome the competition is the goal of coaches. This is very challenging, but is one of the attributes of the great coaches. They know which players they have to push, so they embrace the competition and which players they have to help ease the pressure with, so they do not push themselves to mental or physical exhaustion.
Coaching that Controls the Dichotomy
The key is understanding that fear diminishes with the proper preparation and increases with the threat of punishment, mental or physical.
The dichotomy of dealing with the fear of failure - nothing motivates more and nothing destroys more athletes than that fear is one of the great challenges of baseball coaching.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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