Fear is our biggest opponent - without question. Nothing sabotages our game like fear. Fear of failure, fear or embarrassment, fear of looking silly, fear of not being good enough, and even fear of success can stand as a barrier between where we are and where we should be.
Some coaches actually try to use fear as a motivator in an effort to bring out the best in their players. Fear motivation does work to an extent but it always has a lid on it. In addition, fear motivation eliminates one of the greatest components of competition - JOY.
Fear can actually force some people to not try - or at least not "work at it with all their heart, as working for the Lord..." (Colossians 3:23). They feel like if they didn't really go "all in" they won't look bad if they fail. Of course, this is ridiculous but it really happens. Fear can also make people quit. When some people become afraid they are not as good as someone else they think it's easier to just quit. This is ultimate defeat.
The secret to defeating this opponent is quite simple. As 1 John 4:18 tells us, "There is no fear in love." When you love what you're doing, love the girls you're doing it with, love the fun you're having, fear becomes irrelevant. The best part about it is that contrary to what the world tells us, love is not a feeling, it's a choice. When we choose to love we cannot be deterred. Our program will always be grounded on love motivation - love for our girls on and off the court, love of basketball and love of having fun. Watch what it does to us and our team!