Do you psych yourself out of success?

 

Here are a few reasons swimmers lean on to take their foot off the pedal, psych themselves out, and otherwise not reach their full potential in the water…
 
 
I’m scared of the competition.
 
If you have a goal that is worthy enough to require a ton of hard work, commitment, and includes the rewards that comes with elite swimming, than there is going to be others chasing the exact same goal.
 
This shouldn’t dissuade you; if anything, it should light a fire under your butt to put thoughts to action.
 
Just knowing that someone else out there is training their butt off to achieve your goal should motivate, not discourage.
 
 
I’m scared that I am going to fail.
 
Here’s a fun fact:
 
When we push ourselves towards new and unfamiliar territory we are likely to fail more often than succeed.
 
Yes, that may be demoralizing for the perfectionists among us, but once you understand that tripping up and coming up short periodically is how we grow, learn and build up a wealth of experience than you realize that failure isn’t about coming up short, but about growth.
 
We grow through friction. Through struggle.
 
While you shouldn’t purposely set out to fail, be a little more welcoming when it does stumble along.
 
 
I’m scared to start.
 
Starting anything is hard.
 
It’s almost always the hardest part of doing anything worthwhile.
 
When we are sitting (or standing) still, we are in the eye of our comfort hurricane. It’s peaceful, safe, and nothing can harm us.
 
Instead of trying to smash massive goals coming from a flat start, use a series of small and manageable wins or steps to build up momentum and level up accordingly.
 
 
I’m scared I’ll never be as fast as I want to be.
 
Whatever it is, you have a big goal in mind for the season…
 
Dipping below the minute barrier. Qualifying for Olympic Trials. Winning Olympic Trials.
 
But looking at where you are now, and where you want to be, you find a distressing lack of progress. Despite what appears to be your best efforts there is a big chasm between what your swimming is now, and what you want it to be.
 
While this could be a symptom of dreaming bigger than the training you are putting in, the typical diagnosis results in a swimmer throwing in the towel, denying themselves the opportunity to see “what if.”
 
What if I trained my butt off consistently for the rest of the season?
What if I showed up to every morning workout?
What if I put together a string of great workouts between now and my next meet?
 
Don’t let the “what if” be hypothetical.
 
Nobody ever regretted giving an honest effort at the pool.
 
After all…
 
Regret is a far, far worse thing than not trying.
 
 

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