Athletes naturally want approval from others. But trying to make the coach and teammates happy is leading them to focus on being perfect and playing with tension.
A young athlete writes,
“I have a new coach and before that, I was starting point guard and I was able to have confidence in myself when I played. But now I have none because I keep making mistakes due to the fact that I’m not fulfilling the new coach’s expectations.”
“He puts so much pressure on me because if I mess up once, my whole team gets in trouble and my teammates get mad at me. I now hardly show up to practice and I think about quitting even though I’ve played my whole life.”
Tag(s): Issues and Advice