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Let go of fear

If you’re struggling with those pesky pregame nerves, then these quotes about fear may help:

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and then start being excited about what could go right.

If you feed your faith then your fears will starve to death.

Sportspeople’s quotes about fear

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
Muhammad Ali

Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. But courage means you don’t let fear stop you.
Bethany Hamilton

Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.
Babe Ruth

There was never any fear for me, no fear of failure. If I miss a shot, so what?
Michael Jordan

I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me… Failure always made me try harder next time.
Michael Jordan

If you are afraid of failure then you don’t deserve to be successful.
Charles Barkley

I was scared to death, but I made fear score points for me. I’m going to take fear and then use it to my advantage.
Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner

Writers on fear

When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you do the thing you fear then the death of fear is certain.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Do the thing you fear to do, then keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.
Dale Carnegie

There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
Andre Gide

Fear has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.
I must not fear, because fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
So I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert

Politicians on fear

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.
James F. Byrnes

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Spiritual leaders on fear

I am not afraid… because I was born to do this.
Joan of Arc

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
Pope John XXIII

Fear is the needle that pierces us so that it may carry a thread to bind us to heaven.
James Hastings

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Activists on fear

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
Rosa Parks

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Whakatauki: Māori quotes about fear

Tūwhitia te hopo, mairangatia te angitū!
Feel the fear, and do it anyway!

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.
Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.

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For more help in overcoming fear, contact a Sports Chaplain.

Author Info

Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca is the Communications and IT Manager for Sports Chaplaincy NZ. In her younger days she played cricket and football with great enthusiasm but very little skill. Now she spends a lot of time supporting her four sons in their sport. She especially loves scoring their cricket matches, which she insists on doing the old fashioned way, with pen and paper.

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