One of the problems some players face is the fear of losing in basketball games. For example,fear can root from failure of achieving success in the past, pressure from expectations or justfacing the shame of losing. Whether you like it or not, losing is part of the game, but when thegame is not yet decided, you have nothing to fear about losing.
Way # 1 : Do not think of losing ahead of time. Never ever!They think about it even though the game has not yet started, or isn’t over. This should not be, becauseif you keep on doing this, you are giving too much of your attention to the thought of losing, ratherthan focusing your mind on the game. Don’t think of losing ahead of time and don’t surrender to theidea that you will fail. Instead, think about ways on how to put yourself in a situation to win the game.
Way # 2 : Focus your mind on the game, not on the possible result of the game.If you are letting your fear eat you up, then you are not mentally tough to surpass a highly competitivegame. Mental toughness can help you draw your fear of losing and you should focus your full attentionon the game. As long as there is still time in the shot clock, you will have your chance of winning. Keepyour mind busy on thinking how to win the game and you’ll be slowly detaching from the fear of losing.
Way # 3 : Prepare yourself for hard competition.You will be facing a lot of good athletes, no matter in which league you play. To compete youhave to be prepared well. This means, you have to prepare mentally and physically during yourpractice sessions. Pump up yourself and remember how hard you’ve prepared to win. You willthen be confident about getting yourself into the match.
Constant practice can help you master the required skills. Aside from the regularpractice of your team, you can practice on your own by making use of your backyardor any near basketball court in your community. There is nothing to fear about if you know you are fully equipped to compete against other basketball teams.
Way # 4 : Smile! Be optimistic.The fear of losing alone is a sign of a pessimistic attitude. You will never ever succeed if you keepon negative things. Not in sports and not in real life! Negative people are constant worriers. Theygive way to their doubts causing them to hold back from the opportunity of being successful. Ifyou want to fight the fear of losing, keep a positive attitude.
Do not be ruled by the thought of it. Be positive that you can win games through playing inthe best way you can. Time andtime again, I always emphasize that a positive attitude rejectsimpossibilities. There is always hope in succeeding with positive thinking.
Way # 5 : Add value to your team.Give valuable contributions to your team and keep yourself busy in providing additional supportfor your teammates. If you are good in offense, take the chance to shoot the ball. On the otherhand, if you do best in defense, show your defensive skills and work your behind off to protectthe opponents from scoring. Put your focus on helping the team succeed.
Way # 6 : Display confidence in playing the game.Be brave enough to face challenges. Build your self-confidence. Believe in yourself. Believe in whatyou can do. And also, keep on improving your game by working harder than others in practices. Thiswill help you build a good level of self-confidence. Otherwise, if your opponent notices that you areafraid, or tense, in the game, he will use this against you in order to beat you in your own game.
Way # 7 : Give all your best … all the time.There is nothing to fear about when you know that you have done your best. In every basketballgame, give it all you’ve got. Bring it on. Do not just play on the average, or the “average” level.Truly excel and be the best in what you do. Execute your best offensive and defensive plays.Everything else will follow and come into place if you did the best you can.
Way # 8 : Relax before the game.You might be too tense to be afraid of getting into the game. The best thing to do is to performrelaxation techniques. What are these techniques? These techniques will help you calmdown, and help you think and focus on the game. This is what you can do: prior to thegame, you can do deep breathing exercises.
For a couple of minutes, take the time to be alone in a quiet placeof the locker room. A very popular method to put yourself in “gamemode” is to listen to relaxing music on your iPod. A lot of players do this when doing he warm-ups.
Way # 9 : Ask the Dude above. Pray!There are some things we cannot control. If you have too much fear of losing deep inside you,ask for divine intervention. Remember, God does not just bless those who ask him for help. Hewill surely see if you have the heart to go out and play and that you deserved to be rewarded.Don’t ask for it … earn it!
DON’T BE AFRAID! If you are passionate enough about playing basketball, you willfind ways to overcome your fear. Great players play their heart out, not thinking oflosing. They come to the court to play at their best in order to win. This is what theyhave been practicing hard for. What about your life? Apply this rule to your life!!!
“Nothing is more profound to me than the fact thata man can change his life by changing his thoughts.” Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn