Over the years, I have seen many athletes “freeze up” in competition. We have all seen them: amazing in practice, then they tense up and perform poorly in high-pressure situations. The root of this problem lies in the fear of failure.
Highly successful people are not afraid to fail. Someone once told me, “A champion is simply the one who got up one more time than the rest of the crowd.” Most champions have not been undefeated their entire careers. In fact, some of the greatest figures in history failed before they experienced success:
Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, and J.K. Rowling all had success in their areas of expertise. However, all experienced failure along the way. Lincoln lost eight political elections before he became 16th President of the United States. As a sophomore, Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, though he is most remembered for his 714 home runs. J.K. Rowling, the author of the “Harry Potter” series, was on welfare before she wrote the first book. Despite what must have seemed like permanent failure, these amazing individuals kept getting back up.
Reality Sports is an organization dedicated to seeing young men and women grow physically, mentally, and spiritually without the fear of failure. Through intense, high-quality athletic training, mental skills development, and spiritual growth opportunities, we are supplying the tools for success on and off the field, court, and mat. It is imperative that our leaders of tomorrow be free from the fear of failure in all areas of their lives.
Peter was a guy who was not afraid to fail. When Jesus told Peter to come to him on the water in the middle of a lake, Peter stepped out of the boat and began taking steps on the water (Matthew 14:29). Most people will talk about how Peter then began to sink when he took his eyes off Jesus. That is a great lesson in itself, but not the point of emphasis here. The fact is, Peter got out of the boat. Eleven of his buddies didn’t budge! Peter was not afraid of what they or Jesus would think of him if he failed. He took a risk. Anything that is worthwhile in life will involve risk of some kind. With risk comes increased faith. How do I know that? Because Peter became the “Rock”, the cornerstone of the Christ-following movement. Without his faith, we would have never heard about Jesus, “…the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).”
It is a pleasure to direct an organization that teaches young people how to shake the fear of failure and “get out of the boat” physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for supporting the development of tomorrow’s leaders.
Executive Director, Reality Sports