“Of the mental hazards, being scared is the worst. When you get scared you get tense, and when tense you don’t perform” – Sam Snead (US Golfer)
Fear comes in different shapes and sizes: fear of winning, fear of losing, fear of looking foolish, fear of letting people down, fear of injury. The list is endless. No matter what we fear, it can paralyse us to the extent that we cannot perform. It can make us forget how good we are, or what to do at any given point in the game. We need therefore to overcome fear when we feel it coming on.
How we do this is simple, we regroup mentally. We slow down take a deep breath and refocus. We use positive self talk to remind ourselves of how good we are. We visualize the perfect performance. We seek reassurance from team mates and coaches.
I will have no fear.