We perform our best when we are completely absorbed in the task at hand. When there are no physical or mental distractions in our way, we are able to put all of our physical and mental energy toward our current activity. Fear is a distraction. Fear takes our mind off of the task we are currently attempting to complete, especially tasks we hopefully complete at a high level. Fear is a result of a lack of trust. We fear the dark because we do not trust what is in the darkness. We fear public speaking because we don't trust that we either know what we are talking about or we don't trust that the audience will be receptive of what we have to say or more specifically, if they are receptive to us. We fear because we don't trust our own ability to accomplish something. To free ourselves from fear, we must allow ourselves to trust. Trust our training. Trust our ability. Trust our coaches, teachers, parents. Trust our God.