…No, not of your goals, but of your B.S. (Belief Systems)
Consider this definition:
Choking (v.) – to keep (someone) from breathing by exerting pressure on the windpipe
(from Merriam-Webster Thesaurus)
To draw an analogy:
Person being choked = you
Person choking you = your B.S.
Air = your goals
As a highly motivated and driven person, you set goals and dream big. You devote your undivided attention and effort to getting things done. You challenge yourself. In short, you’re an over-achiever.
Everyday, you strive to be better than you were yesterday…
But it’s starting to feel suffocating. The same motivating force that keeps you up on your feet and running is also sucking the air out of you.
In other words, you choke.
Choking is a therefore a form of ironic self-sabotage created by your own B.S. – like how you must fit into a pair of size 2 jeans in order to be ‘healthy’, or how you have to feel absolutely wrecked after every workout. Or how you’re “just never good enough”.
You’re not alone. At Enterprise Fitness, #excellence is one of our 5 key values. We strive for the best – both in health and performance. But we also know that the push to achieve and maintain a particular desired goal can often become a source of perceived stress that compromises performance and ensures that the wanted goal is not achieved.
Nobody is immune to this internal critic – even our best competitors. And while it is necessary to spur growth, it can often wreck havoc in our minds. (If you haven’t already, I recommend reading this post on the illusion of optimal performance).
In fact, many of our Enterprise members – whether they are here for personal training or competitors – have expressed their amazement at the change that the Enterprise team has been able to initiate in their lives, ranging from identity and purpose to beliefs and values. The physical achievements are just an added bonus!