“I’m scared to make this serve, Dad you serve.” My 9 year old son said as he was handing the birdie to my husband. We were playing a game of badminton, girls against boys. The score was close, 9-8 with the boys in the lead. My son was up to serve and if he got that point, they would win the game. He stood there nervously trying to hand the birdie off, but I told him no. “It’s your serve, so according to the rules you have to serve.” “But momma, what if I don’t make it.” I told him at least he tried his best, but he needed to try and not let fear stop him.
He took a deep breath, tossed the birdie into the air, and served it beautifully. Me, being a competitive momma, well we are all competitive, went after that birdie fully fledged and missed. My son was so ecstatic, jumping into the air. “Yes, Yes!” He screamed. My husband and I both congratulated him and prided on facing his fear and going for it.
A lesson was taught in this victory. Even if it seems so small, my son learned to not let fear stop him from playing the game. We could have easily took the stress off of his shoulders and let my husband bend the rules and him serve. But what would that have taught him? What would he have learned? Instead, we let him know that it was ok if he failed, but at least he tried. He knew we would be proud either way.
Don’t let fear stop you from achieving your win.