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- Fear can cause athletes to experience sub-par performance. Tony calls it “competing in quicksand.”
- Tony’s problem was that he placed his value in the wrong thing – his ability and identity as an athlete. He had to realize his true value and that winning or losing didn’t change who he was.
- When Tony realized his true identity, he also realized he had nothing to lose. And he could live and compete like he had nothing to lose. He was set free to be and do his best.
By participating in a sport, an individual is making a social statement about who they are and how they want others think of them. –Suzanne Pottratz