The following is a letter from Krissy C., a gymnast, written several years ago. This personal letter can be inspirational for anyone who wants to discover the world of gymnastics.
Krissy began her competitive career at Gym-Nest Gymnastics at in Long Island, New York. Through hard work, perseverance, and patience, she eventually became a Level 9 gymnast and competed in college.
Like all gymnasts, Krissy encountered obstacles along the way. What set her apart from others was her ability to treat every difficulty as a learning opportunity to become the best. And it paid off — Krissy is now a successful gymnast.
We would like to thank Krissy for her heartfelt letter.
Every gymnast encounters it, and no gymnast wants it. No, this isn’t a riddle. It’s about fear.
Fear comes when you’re eager to learn new skills. They come when you start to think, “What happens if I do this?” or “What if I fail?”. I know from experience that when you let these thoughts rule your mind, you’re not going to accomplish what you desire.
You have to remember that the key to overcoming your fear is trust. Without it, your confidence drops and your mind tricks you into thinking it’s impossible to even attempt learning a new skill. Trust yourself that you can accomplish great things. Trust your coach and his/her faith in you. After all, your coach would not make you do something you aren’t capable of doing.
If you ever happen to doubt yourself, take a deep breath and tell yourself, “I can do this!” or “I am awesome!”. You can also close your eyes and visualize yourself nailing the skill. Doing these will give your confidence a boost! Just remember: whatever it takes to make you feel better and calmer, do it.
Anything is possible. You accomplish anything you set your mind to. You can defeat your fears. It’s just a matter of believing you can and just going for it!
— Krissy C.