Athletes contact me everyday saying that they can’t get out of their own way. Why would you want to sabotage your own success? Some people would answer “fear of success,” but that’s not likely. Fear of success, although it does cause athletes to self-destruct, is very rare in my work compared to the fear of failure.
Fear of failure is worry about not getting what you so badly want and have worked hard to obtain. Fear of failure turns into anxiety and tension on the playing fields because you don’t want to fail and mess up. Fear of failure can also cause you to try too hard, which would be my definition of “getting in your own way” mentally.
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