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Nothing to Fear, but Fear Itself – Understanding the Emotion

“When I come out I have supreme confidence but I’m scared to death.  I’m totally afraid.  I’m afraid of everything.  I’m afraid of losing.  I’m afraid of being humiliated.”

“The closer I get to the ring, the more confidence I get.”

” Once I get to the ring, I’m a god…”

                                                    ~Mike Tyson

Fear is something every fighter has had to deal with in his or her career.  Whether or not they will admit it, even the most intimidating, ferocious competitor has had to fight, forget, flee from or face their fear in the ring.  Its impact on performance and the role it plays in the sport is something that can’t be denied.  It has kept contenders from winning championships and has prevented bright prospects from realizing their potential.  Fear can’t be suppressed or wished away, but has to be embraced in order to harness the power it has and what its real purpose is.  Part of harnessing that power is understanding it.