Motivation through Fear

“Motivating through fear may work in the short term to get people to do something, but over the long run I believe personal pride is a much greater motivator. It produces far better results that last for a much longer time.” John Wooden

In my experience he is completely right. A coach can instill fear in his or her players, but their actions wont be sincere. It makes good for the moment, but not for the long haul. If an athlete takes pride in their work habits they will find themselves in successful situations some people would attribute to luck. Isn’t it amazing that luck comes more often to those that work hard!

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As a Leadership Coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, James Leath teaches athletes from the professional ranks all the way down to elementary school about character and leadership of self, team, coaches and critics. His widely read blog at is a top resource that educates athletes, coaches, and parents in sport psychology and personal development. James is currently finishing a graduate degree in Performance Psychology.