When athletes choke under pressure
Why do athletes choke? The pressure of performing under intense scrutiny has always been a challenge for athletes, particularly when it comes to high-stakes competitions. The phenomenon known as “choking” is a well-documented occurrence in sports and can significantly impact the outcome of a game or match.
Viewed from the lens of “flow”, choking seems like the opposite. Flow is when an athlete enters the zone and is deeply immersed in the task as if they are one with the activity itself. Choking is when an athlete focuses on the boos and ridicule they will receive if they do not perform well. How do we prevent this kind of worry?
Perhaps there is some solace in looking at this from a more spiritual perspective. When a person has done the work, they develop a kind of belief and faith that eliminates distraction. Maybe this is what it means to “let go” – we trust the work that has been done, and we open ourselves to the opportunity to be the best versions of ourselves. We open ourselves for the Spirit to uplift our spirit.
Maybe this is the kind of spiritual kind of flow that we need in sports and life.
Matthew 10:17-22. Do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say.
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 360: DECEMBER 26, 2022]