Quotes for Coaching: Fear

Quotes about Fear are useful in showing a different perspective to view risks and rewards through. Often when speaking about fear people focus on the possible risk and loss, rather than thinking about the possible gain and rewards. By using quotes as a tool to paint the picture about what can be achieved and how it can be done.


Focus on what is over the horizon (Source: Ibrahim Iujaz)
Focus on what is over the horizon with quotes about triumph in the face of adversity and fear (Source: Ibrahim Iujaz)

Find some quotes below relating to fear:


  1. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear” – George Addair
  2. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal” – Henry Ford
  3. “Adversity introduces a man to himself” – Author Unknown
  4. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky
  5. “Many great ideas go unexecuted, and many great executioners are without ideas. One without the other is worthless” – Tim Blixseth
  6. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run” – Babe Ruth
  7. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better” – Samuel Beckett
  8. “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light”- Plato
  9. “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it” – Chinese Proverb
  10. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed” – Michael Jordan
  11. “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong” – Benjamin Franklin
  12. “The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name” – Sylvia Browne
  13. “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes.  You are free” – Jim Morrison
  14. “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines” – Robert H. Schuller
  15. “The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible” – Arthur C. Clarke
  16. “Cause Change & Lead, Accept Change & Survive, Resist Change & Die” – Ray Norda
  17. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can” – Nikos Kazantzakis
  18. “I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be” – Ken Venturi
  19. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy” – Norman Vincent Peale
  20. “Do one thing every day that scares you” – Elanor Roosevelt
  21. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure” – Paulo Coelho
  22. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears” – Les Brown
  23. “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom” – Mary Ferguson
  24. “There are four ways you can handle fear. You can go over it, under it, or around it. But if you are ever to put fear behind you, you must walk straight through it. Once you put fear behind you. Leave it there” – Donna Favors
  25. “Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is” – German Proverb


Enjoy these quotes focusing on fear and inspiration. The important thing to consider here when dealing with fear is to install some confidence in your team bout being able to achieve the seemingly unachievable for the player’s perspective. Remember when using quotes these are only a tool and need to be blended together with team building activities and strategies for the best possible outcomes.


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Coach Riches has been working within the sport, business and education industries for many years. During this time he has built an extensive number of formal and informal qualifications. A firm believer in training and development designed to help people reach their full potential, relevant o their needs and functional to their industry environment.

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