Fear of failure is about the fear of poor results or fear about the negative consequences of performing badly. Athletes worry about letting themselves down and letting their team and coach or manager down. They may also worry about disappointing a parent or family member or not living up to the public's expectations.
Fear of failure is often rooted in what an athlete assumes other people will think about him or her if and when they see them performing poorly. Fear of failure covers anxiety about losing, being seen as a failure, letting other people down, not living up to expectations, choking or embarrassing yourself.
Fear of failure is linked to perfectionism. Many elite athletes are perfectionists who have very high expectations of themselves. This can lead them to worry excessively about losing or failing. Fear of failure can lead an athlete to focus on how to avoid situations and experience negative thoughts and feelings and high anxiety. In short, fear of failure leads athletes to lose their winning mentality.