October 3, 2017
HOPE vs BELIEF
“I really hope I crack my best time next month.”
“Hopefully with a few weeks of good training I’ll improve.”
How often do you lay in bed at night and catch yourself hoping for good things to happen to you and your swimming?
(If you are even 10% like me, it’s often…)
But there is a problem with strictly relying on hope to achieve goodness in the water.
For starters, in our “hoping” scenario good things just kind of have a way of happening for us.
We imagine winning the hard work lottery, where we don’t need to show up to the pool and swim our brains out, but still get the results we want anyway.
And start believing.
The downside of hope
It may seem like a trivial difference, but there is a 50m-wide chasm between hope and belief.
Hope doesn’t deeply motivate us. It robs us of the validation that comes from working towards something. Hope strips us of the autonomy we need to chase our goals with full-throated enthusiasm.
We simply hope “it” happens and that we can avoid all the unpleasantness required to make “it” happen.
After all, how many times have you finished a brutal week of training by hoping you could do it?
It was believing you could do it that got you there.
Hope vs. Belief
Belief gets you out the door for early morning workouts.
Hope keeps you in bed, bargaining that if it were meant to be you would have gotten up already.
Belief has you taking your workouts to the limit day after day.
Hope has you banking on the idea that it will get easier to work hard one day, and that’s the day you will be the swimmer you want to be.
Belief has you taking control of your dreams. There is certainty in your actions and the path you are choosing to take.
Hope has you, well, hoping for good things. There is uncertainty about what you are doing.
Belief is rooted in optimism and forward movement.
Hope, however well intention, is usually paralyzing.
Act with Belief…and your results will follow.
Sit down with your goals.
Rephrase them if necessary:
· I believe I can be the swimmer that shows up every day to practice.
· I believe I can be the swimmer who swims with awesome technique.
· I believe I can be the 24-hour athlete who takes proper care of their body between practices.
Go Fleet Go!!!