Basketball sayings to give you just the right words as you encourage your athletes to keep those emotions in check when the going gets tough.
In the heat of competition, emotions can get out of control...in a hurry! These quotes remind all of us, players and coaches alike, to keep those emotions in check. Helping players and teams overcome fear - fear of failure, fear of a mighty opponent, fear of disappointing others - is a major part in preparing a team for competition.
Additionally, over the course of a season, almost every player will get angry or will have a flare up of pride or self-centeredness.
The wise statements below will come in handy for both the fearful or angry player and his teammates as all strive to conquer their own emotions and refocus on the game.
"If you want to conquer fear, don't sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy." – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Don’t get angry; get better." – Tony DiCicco
"Don't whine. Find the positive in difficult situations." – Tony DiCicco
"If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself." – Desiderata
"Temper is what gets most of us into trouble, but pride is what keeps us there." – Unknown
"The greatest mistake you can make is to be constantly fearful you will make one." – Unknown
"The two best times to keep your mouth shut are when you're swimming and when you're angry." – Unknown
"True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful." – Paul Sweeney
"Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back." – Babe Ruth
"Be bold – and mighty forces will come to your aid." – Basil King, Conquest of Fear
"Anger is often more harmful than the injury that caused it." – Unknown
"The longer you keep your temper the more it will improve." - Unknown
"I can't stand a ballplayer who plays in fear. Anybody who has a good shot has got to take it and keep taking it. So he misses…so what?" – Red Auerbach
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"Focus on where you want to go, not what you fear." – Anthony Robbins
"Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt." – William Shakespeare
"Don't permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all." – from They Call Me Coach by John Wooden
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." – Eleanor Roosevelt
"He who angers you, conquers you!" - Unknown
"Intensity makes you stronger. Emotionalism makes you weaker." – John Wooden
"Control your emotion or it will control you." – Terry Orlick, Ph.D.
"To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have." – Ken S. Keyes, Jr
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