Meet The Control Freak Athlete
As humans, we’ve evolved into a more and more “controllable” environment.
More accurately, we’ve created that environment for ourselves.
As millenniums and centuries passed, we’ve used tools, mastered fire, created houses, built roads, invented the internet and used technology.
In the end, we’ve pretty much controlled everything.
To be honest, I like the fact that I can learn things that can provide me with a better living.
I like the fact that I can wake up protected by a roof over my head and feel safe in my environment.
I like the fact that I can focus a lot on my sport (or other things that I love), without being obliged to go out there and hunt my piece of meat for lunch.
In other words, I like our evolution.
I think it’s positive on one side.
I think it’s negative on the other side.
I am convinced that every strength (on one side) creates a weakness (on the other side).
Tens of thousands of years back, we were more in tune with our intuition.
We made gut decisions. We lived more in the present moment. We didn’t drink 23 coffee/day. We didn’t plan our budget for the year. We weren’t control freaks.
We had to hunt our piece of meat and doing so, we had to follow our gut feeling, be in tune with our environment, be connected to all the things around us. Because we depended on it.
Knowledge, tools and technology has brought us to the top of the food chain. But it has made us control freaks not able to enjoy the action that we take.
This has made it so much more difficult for us to perform in sports and be able to “let go”.
What this has to do with becoming a great athlete ?
One of the biggest issues that I have to solve for athletes is the “overthinking” or the “over-controlling” mind.
As humans, we want to control everything, even the things that we cannot control.
We want to control the outcome, the result, the end-game.
We want to control our top-100, our top-10 or our victory to that competition.
We want to control our actions.
We want to control our organism like a machine.
Because of that, we are becoming more and more self-conscious.
I see athletes who want to “control their sports performance from the outside”, forcing themselves to take action in a certain way to reach a certain outcome.