Overcoming Fear During Barefooting


Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.”
In barefooting, many will feel scared while attempting a new trick or something of the sort. It is inevitable that failures will happen, but when fear is present, these failures increase significantly.

The hard part is overcoming this fear. Once the fear is eliminated, a huge obstacle has just been overcome and the margin for success is much larger.
The starting point for overcoming these fears is accepting that there will be failures, such as falling, and coming to the realization that pain is a part of the sport. Another way to help with this fear is just simply to practice, the more comfort the better, but the comfort zone must be increased to allow for success to happen.

At the World Barefoot Center, the coaches constantly tell me to get over my fear. Even if I don’t feel scared, I know a small part of my mistakes are just simply being afraid. This fright must be stared right in the face and told its place.

The absence of fear may be impossible but what is possible is to master this fear and overcome that major obstacle. Many obstacles may not be possible to overcome, but fear is.

Bill Cosby said, “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” This quote sums up the essence of how to overcome fear.

Joey Tombers

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