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"Who Likes Good Habits" the latest article from Olivier Leroy
Who likes good habits?

You do? Hey, me too.

Who likes the almost always failing process of implementing good habits?

*crickets*

If you are like me, at various points in your life you have tried to make changes to your habits both in the pool and out.

Sometimes that glorious new habit stuck around for a few days, maybe even a couple weeks, before we invariably fell off, and then promptly beat ourselves up mentally for not having enough willpower to make it stick.

It stinks. And it's highly frustrating.

Makes us feel like we are prisoners to our bad habits.

This week I wanted to share with you a little mental circus trick that I have been playing around with recently, and having successfully guinea-pigged myself while using it I can say that it is shockingly effective.

What it boils down to is this…

There is the thing you want to do more consistently.

Maybe it’s breathing every three strokes. Maybe it’s doing 4 dolphin kicks off each wall. Or maybe it’s eating three pickles every day at lunch. (Whatever floats your boat.)

And then there are the things you are already doing.

Breathing to your side when swimming. Pushing off of the wall. Sitting down for lunch.

The next step is surprisingly simple (sorry, no complicated arithmetic today).

Take the thing you are already doing, and then chain it to the thing you want to do.

Think of it as a cue-response type of scenario. Cue is the thing you are already doin', the response is your shiny new habit.

So using the above examples, here is what the cue-response breakdown would look like:
  • Every time I breathe to the side, then I will take three strokes before breathing again.
  • Each time I push off of the wall, I do 4 dolphin kicks.
  • Each time I sit down for lunch, I will eat 3 glorious dill pickles.
Simple? Yup.

Effective? You know it.

A butt-ton of studies and research have shown this concept to be spectacularly effective, often doubling a person’s likelihood of sticking with their habits and goals.

Booyeah.

(I am putting together a habits for swimmers workbook, and this will be one of the tactics included. It will have some worksheets—yay, homework!—as well as the research behind this deceptively simple concept.)

Give it a try, and let me know how it goes, and when you are ready, hit up YourSwimBook and put those sparkling new habits to use to swim like a boossss.

See ya at the pool,

Olivier

 
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I work out year-round and lift weights regularly, but I can’t keep up with a couple of my teammates who have added a lot of muscle in a very short time. I suspect they are using steroids. Why shouldn’t I use them since I am at a competitive disadvantage without them?

Performance-enhancing drugs are cheating, and Triple-Impact Competitors® don’t cheat. They live up to their own standards (the S in ROOTS stands for Self) even when others don’t. There will always be cheaters in every aspect of life. Sometimes they get caught; sometimes they get away with it, at least for a while.

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