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Wednesday Wisdom

How to be a more Committed Swimmer by Olivier LeRoy

Few swimmers have the patience do what it takes each day in practice to be the best swimmer they can be.

Sure, they can show up and bang out a few great workouts, but when they don’t see enough improvement, or realize that there is still a metric ton of work still to be done, they lose enthusiasm.

They lose patience. 

And they either start all over again later, or worse, fully give up before realizing their potential.

Understanding how to wield your commitment-making for your benefit will give you a layer of self-awareness and opportunity that few swimmers ever get to experience.

Here’s how to move forward with epic commitment skills:

Start with smaller commitments to build momentum and confidence.

Consistency with your commitments is everything.

Demonstrate to yourself that you can keep your word.

Don’t let FOMO drive you to make big, redonkulous commitments that you won’t be able to sustain.

Sharpen your commit-making skills by starting out with simple and manageable ones.

“I am going to give a 9/10 effort at practice each day.”

“I am going to eat healthy dinners each evening.”

Stick to fewer commitments. 

Your big goals will dictate big things need to happen in the water.

Which can lead to you wanting to make 74 new commitments when it comes to your swimming, your training, your lifestyle habits, and so on.

Commitments work best when few in number, especially if this is a skill you are just beginning to master.

Pick a couple high-impact areas to throw your energies into and be ruthless about avoiding the too-good-to-be-true shortcuts and distractions along the way.

Overcommitting is a problem in itself (and something I will cover in a future newsletter), as trying to wholesale change everything in your swimming at the same time can water down your efforts and leave you feeling overwhelmed.

Fewer is not less.

Fewer means concentrated effort.

Make the commitment the goal. 

Not the results, or the expectations you have for what the commitment will do for you.

Often we abandon our commitments because we get frustrated that the results they are supposed to provide aren’t materializing fast enough.

The goal is showing up and fulfilling the commitment.

If you show up each day and give a 9/10 effort… Well, your swimming will quickly start to improve and the results will come.

If you eat a healthy dinner each evening… You are going to feel better, recover faster, and your swimming and overall health will rapidly improve.

Focus on executing your commitments.

The results will happen on their own time.

Finishing > Perfection. 

There will be days where the universe seems determined to prevent you from completing your commitment.

You feel lousy in the water. A competitor just lit up the state record in your best event. You get into a stupid argument with your parents.

These are the moments where you will demonstrate to yourself just how capable you are.

This is your moment to handle your business.

Finishing should always be the goal, not doing it perfectly or holding your commitment up to some ludicrous and impossible-to-attain standard.

Commit to your goals in the water.