Some kids are born with the ability to stand up and speak out, while others need nurturing to hone this skill. Sports teams and an athletic environment are ideal spaces for a child to learn these lessons. Courage allows us to rise to the occasion, even if we are fearful. It is important to stress to children that everyone has things they are afraid of in life. It is OK to feel scared or discouraged when trying something new, but those with courage are able to take the risk and try versus turning down an opportunity.
- “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill
This quote beautifully illustrates a skill that will benefit a child in sports and in the classroom of life. Learning to stand up for yourself and having the confidence to know the power of your voice and opinion can take a person far in life. It is equally important to know how to take directions and accept constructive criticism. In sports, there are often children who excel and it is important for even star players to know how to listen.
- “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammed Ali
Even courage isn’t always enough. In this quote Ali stresses that being willing to take a risk is half the battle when it comes to achieving what you want. Children face high pressure in school and athletics, but arming them with confidence is the key to helping them face this pressure with ease. Children should understand that in order to succeed one must leave their comfort zone.
- “Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
This quote helps kids understand that courage can be the tipping point when it comes to opening yourself to new opportunities and success. If you aren’t willing to take the risk, you can’t expect great rewards. This quote allows children to understand that mustering the courage to do something new allows new and exciting things to happen. As they grow up, this will become an important factor in achieving their goals.
- “Courage is found in unlikely places.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Courage doesn’t care how old you are or what size you are. It’s all about finding courage in yourself despite the odds. This quote is exceptional for younger kids who may be learning what courage is for the first time. Teach kids that courage has no pre-requisites. It’s all about acting in the moment and embracing your strengths which creates a confidence boost.
- “Fear and courage are brothers.” – Proverb
Kids should understand that fear and courage are mutual. There’s nothing wrong with fear in any situation, what matters most is the courage to overcome that fear. This ancient proverb articulately conveys how these things go hand in hand, even for the youngest minds.
Explain to Inspire
When sharing quotes with children about courage and fear, it is important to explain the quote. Many kids do not learn these basic lessons in the home. Athletics is a brilliant place to take advantage of eager kids who soak up tips to improve their game. The ability to channel courage is a must throughout life, no matter the child’s gender, social background or education level.
With these quotes, children learn how to make the most of fearful moments and harness courage so it serves them when they need it most. Coaches, community leaders and teachers are often the first people to boost a child’s confidence and these quotes give them a starting point for a conversation that encourages.
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