The reason why top performers sometimes choke?
Image: Chelsea miss penalty kick
This happens when the performer gets triggered to become hyper careful about aspects of their game which previously flowed automatically producing a totally counter-intuitive effect than intended on their performance. To unblock the problem they need to relax back into expert mode which is easier said than done!
To read The psychology of choking:
Matthew Syed is the author of Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice
See also an excellent paper How to Avoid Choking under Pressure by Elizabeth Svoboda which offers 3 practical tips:
- We choke under pressure because such conditions thwart the normal brain processing of tasks that are so well learned they have become "automatic."
- Trying to concentrate on monitoring the quality of your performance is counter-productive because the cerebellum, which controls complex motor tasks, is not consciously accessible.
- Ratcheting up the pressure at your practice sessions is the best way to avoid failing when it counts.
About Ken ThompsonKen Thompson delivers keynote conference speeches, workshop facilitation and in-house consultancy in four key business areas:
- Creating High Performing Teams in enterprises including Virtual and Mobile Teams (based on the Bioteams Book)
- Establishing effective Collaborative Business Networks enabling companies to co-operate effectively in areas such as sales and product development (based on the book - The Networked Enterprise)
- How to use the latest social media technologies including blogging and online communities to promote enterprises, brand, organisation or event
- Development of graphical on-line interactive Business Dashboards and What-if Simulators for organisations to support Performance Improvement, Strategy Development and Executive Team Development.
Bioteams Books Reviews
We are bombarded with the idea its good to talk and its good to text. But is texting and other forms of mobile phone interaction a useful form of communication? Or is it even a form of communication at all or something totally different? In a mini-book "Heidegger, Habermas and the mobile phone" the author invokes some key thinkers of the twentieth century to offer an essential alternative to the new doctrine of 'm-communication': Martin Heidegger, who saw humanity as ‘the entity which talks’ and Jürgen Habermas, current-day advocate of authentic communication.