Ahoy! I'm Dr. Rob Bell and I'll be your coach.
Choking in performance is a nasty word and frankly it’s overused.
But, it happens.
It sometimes happens to the very best, but I'm here to show you how to never choke again so you won't have to go through that anguish and pain ever!
The fear, embarrassment, and hurt will evaporate.
BETTER STILL is that with this help, you'll WANT to be in those tough pressure filled situations.
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Choking- is a sub-optimal performance that occurs in response to the stress of a situation.
First of all, it is more than just a poor performance!
A famous example is Kicker Scott Norwood of the Buffalo Bills. He missed a 47-yard field goal to win the Super Bowl. It was a painful and costly miss, but not a choke. It wasn’t a choke because he only made one kick on grass past 45 yards all season.
We use examples from sports so often because choking in sports is an event that everyone can see, however a choke can even happen during a big test, business, or (eeek) surgery.
I was hired as a bartender for the lunch shift in a nice restaurant in Crested Butte Colorado. I mean, “How hard could it be?” Well, pouring a draft beer with those pesky handles was more difficult than I thought and the glasses kept filling up with too much foam while waitresses were watching and waiting. I managed to get it done, only after pouring out several glasses of foamed lager under the increasing stress.
The next part however is where the choking occurred. I was to open a beer bottle, which wasn’t a twist off.
No problem on this task. Except as the waitress was standing waiting for the bottle and glass, a not so funny thing happened. I actually BROKE the neck opening of the bottle! I mean, this is tough to even try to do. The waiter and I were both dumbfounded just staring at the large shard of glass.
That was a choke! I wanted to learn how to never choke again!
I was stressed, being watched, and performed poorly in a situation that I had previously done well.