Is a Little Fear The Key to Winning Basketball Games?

Posted: August 24, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, Philosphy
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The following portion of an article is from the business section of the local newspapimageer and when I started reading it, it started screaming to me “college basketball.”  What do I mean by that?

Whether they like to admit it or not, the high school players taking the next step to college basketball are fearful/nervous.  “Am I good enough to play with these guys?” “I’ve never been very good with school.” “Will the coach really make me go to class and study?”   “I’ve never had to do that before.” 

“What if I don’t do well, what will my friends and family think of me.”  “How will I be so far from home?” Fear and nerves.

The author puts it in a away so well by saying, “A little fear can be healthy. But fear can hold a lot of people back and stop them from living life to the fullest. I understand that feeling of being afraid. However, there is only one thing worse than a quitter, and that is a person who is afraid to begin.”


A little fear can be healthy


A small village by the sea depended on fishing to survive. Each year the village boats had to go farther and farther from shore to catch enough fish to feed the population.

But as the anglers ventured farther away, they encountered a problem. Their usual practice was to put the fish they caught in big tanks to keep them fresh until they returned home. But the fish grew lethargic in the tanks, and many died before the boat could reach shore again.

After much thought, one of the crew hit upon a solution: On their next fishing trip, they caught a small shark and placed it in the tank along with the fish. The shark ate only a few fish, but the rest swam frantically around the tank trying to keep away from the predator – and made it to shore fresh and healthy for the villagers who depended on them.

The moral of this story is that sometimes a little fear is what we need to stay active and alive. I certainly find that to be true. If I begin to coast, I lose concentration and focus. I perform best when I have a little anxiety or fear. I am sharper and more on my game.

A little fear can be healthy. But fear can hold a lot of people back and stop them from living life to the fullest. I understand that feeling of being afraid. However, there is only one thing worse than a quitter, and that is a person who is afraid to begin.

Antelope Valley Press, 8/26/2016

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