Fear – an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
If you’re a gymnast or not, we have all had a fear of something at some point in our life. That fear may have held us back from doing something successfully.
The difference between those that are successful and those that are not, is that those that are successful do not let fear hold them back.
Shannon Miller, World and Olympic Champion, explains that you either have to attempt something at 100% or not at all.
If you attempt something, like a new skill, and you do not do it then you must bring it down to a place that makes you feel comfortable and where you can go 100% and successfully perform a skill.
For example, if you are on a high beam and you cannot perform a skill due to being afraid then you bring it down to the floor. If you can perform that skill 10 times in a row successfully on the floor then you can bring it to a low beam. If you can perform the skill 10 times in a row successfully there then you bring it to a medium height beam. Finally, if you are successful on the medium height beam you can bring your skill back to the high beam.
If at any point you do not go at 100%, you return to the floor to perform the skill 10 times in a row successfully. You repeat this process over and over again until you are back on the high beam performing the successfully over and over.
For a more detailed explanation, check out Shannon’s video below!