February 1, 2018
During the 2018 season TNAQ will have a “word of the month”. This word will coincide with the events or focus of that month. For the month of February we have chosen the word Determination. On the first day of each month we will write a short explanation of what that word means in relation to swimming and how it can be applied this month. We encourage you to join in and Tweet/Instagram/Facebook us how you show determination this month by using #TNAQDetermination. At the end of each month we will be selecting a swimmer of the month from each age group that best lived up to our word of the month and they will be featured on our website for an entire month.
Determination is a positive emotional feeling that involves persevering towards a difficult goal in spite of obstacles. Determination occurs prior to goal attainment and serves to motivate behavior that will help achieve one’s goal. Recent work in positive psychology incorporates the study of determination as a positive emotion that pushes individuals toward action and results in important outcomes such as perseverance and the development of coping mechanisms. An individual experiences positive personal growth when they are able to proactively cope with a difficult situation. In such a case, an individual can acknowledge a demanding situation, take action and maintain high coping potential. More broadly, one can acknowledge the benefits of a difficult experience yet display a willingness to put forth an effort and achieve specific personal goals. As we head into the championship portion of our season we want to remind our swimmers that their goals can be achieved through their hard work, perseverance, and race day determination.