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Elite swimmers are elite long before you ever hear about them. Months and years prior to that gold medal or that World Record, they were already training like elite swimmers. First one in the pool, the last one out. Staying late to work on their weaknesses while hammering away at developing their strengths during practice. Each day they woke up and acted like a championship athlete even though at that point they were still only bottled potential. From Olivier LeRoy on SwimSwam
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Great article on goal setting written in swimmer speak - by a writer for multiple swimming magazines - Read it!
From: "Olivier Leroy" <email@example.com>
Subject: Are you all in?
Date: Sunday, July 6, 2014 12:04 AM
I watched Man on Fire yesterday (again). One of my favorites, and
it got me thinking about how Denzel Washington's character has a
little something to teach us about achieving our own goals.
I suspect that I am not even close to being alone when I say I like
revenge-based movies. When the good guy, beaten up, betrayed and
hurtin' emerges from the ashes at the end of Act 1 to exact 60-90
minutes of unbridled and merciless revenge on those who ruined his
life. [See: Count of Monte Cristo, Munich, V for Vendetta, and so
What is it that is so appealing about these types of movies?
It's the single-mindedness, the focus, the absolute clarity within
the protagonist. He knows exactly what he has to do, what he is
going to do, and nobody - not nobody - is going to stop him.
IT'S TIME TO GO ALL IN WITH YOUR GOALS
A lot of the time we set goals, and sort of half-work our way
towards them until either we fall dramatically short (surprise,
surprise), or overwhelmed with the work before us, we reach into
our sack of excuses and start pulling them out...
Can't be done. Too late. Don't deserve it. Maybe later. When I feel
We can borrow some of what Denzel was channeling into our own
goals. We can take some of that violent and relentless focus and
apply it to the things we want to achieve with our swimming. But
first you gotta get fed up with where you are at now and--
Stop listening to what others say cannot be done.
Stop waiting for conditions to be perfect.
Stop telling yourself that you cannot do it.
That you don't deserve it.
That you aren't talented enough.
That it is too late.
Having a killer mindset - where nothing can or will shake you from
delivering on your goals - isn't constraining, or something that
should have commitment-phobes getting antsy.
In fact, those who adopt it know that it provides the opposite
effect; it frees you up to chase after your goals with everything
you have, free from doubt, free from naysayers and the usual mental
baggage that comes with chasing exceptional results.
There is nothing more freeing than the moment you draw a permanent
line in the sand separating the things that will help you achieve
your goals, and that which will not.
When you are ready to take your swimming to the next level, check
out YourSwimBook [ http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=9ByeU&m=44a4DCL2oLdKqrd&b=b8TyyM_872xZxwc2L0riGQ ]. Lots in there
about getting focused, building motivation, and setting powerful
goals. And of course, a 10 month log book to track your own trek
Talk to ya next week--
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Ten Tips to Be Your Best
By Jon Gordon
As I hit the road this week to speak during training camp to the Atlanta Falcons and University of Clemson football team I wanted to share 10 tips from Training Camp to help you be your best. TrainingCamp11.com
1. THE BEST KNOW WHAT THEY WANT
I think a lot of people spend their life being average or good at something, but they don’t strive to be great. The best of the best not only know what they want, but they want it more.
2. THE BEST WANT IT MORE
We cannot measure desire in terms of merely thought and wishes. The best not only do the things that others won’t do and invest the time others won’t invest, but they do so with passion and intent to get better. The best are never satisfied with where they are.
3. THE BEST ARE ALWAYS STRIVING TO BE BETTER
If you are striving to get better, then you are always growing. And if you are always growing, then you are not comfortable. To be the best, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable, and embrace it as a part of your growth process. The best see where there is room for improvement and their humility and passion drives them to improve. The average ones however, don’t see it or don’t want to see it. The fact is past success does not determine future success. Future success is the result of how you work and prepare and practice and how you strive to improve every day. It’s a commitment that the best of the best make every week, every day, every hour, and every moment. Force yourself to be uncomfortable.
4. THE BEST DO ORDINARY THINGS BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE
Work hard on the right things. It means you must identify the very “little things” that are fundamental to your success, and then you must focus on them, practice them, and strive to execute them to perfection.
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5. THE BEST ZOOM-FOCUS
There is no secret recipe. If you incrementally improve each day, each week, each month, by the end of the year you’ll see remarkable results and growth. When you zoom-focus on the process, the outcome takes care of itself. Master the fundamentals.
6. THE BEST ARE MENTALLY STRONGER
Being mentally strong means you stay positive through adversity. It means you are resilient when facing pressure, challenges and change. Weed and feed: Each day you need to weed out negativity and feed it positivity. You need to weed out the self-doubt and negative talk and feed it positive thoughts, memories and visuals.
7. THE BEST OVERCOME THEIR FEARS
Those that succeed, those that reach the pinnacle of greatness, are able to face this battle (overcoming fear) and win.
8. THE BEST SEIZE THE MOMENT
When the best are in the midst of their performance they are not thinking ‘What if I win?’ or ‘What if I lose?’ They are not interested in what the moment produces, but they are only concerned with what they produce in the moment. Rather than hiding from pressure, they rise to the occasion. As a result, the best define the moment rather than letting the moment define them.
9. THE BEST LEAVE A LEGACY
You leave a legacy by living and working with a bigger purpose, you leave a legacy by making your life about more than just you. You leave a legacy by moving from success to significance.
10. THE BEST MAKE EVERYONE AROUND THEM BETTER
The point is to strive to be your best and inspire others to be their best, because it’s in the striving where you find greatness, not in the outcome.
Which is your favorite tip? What are some other ways your bring out the best in yourself and others?
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