Fear is a natural instinct and engrained into our being. 99% of fear is non-physical and only exists in our heads. How can we overcome it and embark on the path to success?
In competitive sports many athletes fear how they are perceived, whether their skill level is adequate enough and what it takes to elevate their level of play.
In the movie, Coach Carter (2005, MTV Films and Paramount Pictures) Samuel Jackson plays Coach Ken Carter - a determined and tough basketball coach of the Richmond High School basketball team. In one memorable scene he asks one of his players, “Timo, what is your deepest fear?”
Timo’s answer is profound.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Winning is outperforming yourself.
What can you do today to elevate your confidence on the field?
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