August 3, 2018
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH FASTER SWIMMERS TO TAKE YOUR PERFORMANCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL
So just what kind of an attitude do you have about your teammates
and how fast they might be? Are you threatened by faster swimmers
on your club or at meets? Are you plagued in practice by feelings
of jealousy and resentment, especially for those teammates who
consistently seem to out-race you?
THE PROBLEM: Far too many swimmers mistakenly believe that faster teammates are a BIG problem which directly limits their own success. They see these faster athletes as the main cause of their own frustration and low self-confidence. Many would secretly prefer that these better swimmers change clubs so that they would then be able to move up and take their place in the number one spot. Don't kid yourself here. This attitude about those who are better than you is seriously self-limiting!
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE BETTER YOUR TEAMMATES ARE, THE GREATER OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE TO EXCEL AND REACH YOUR GOALS?
If you truly want to excel as a swimmer, if you have some huge, far off, scary goals that you desperately want to reach, then you need to understand that the smartest and best way to get there is by surrounding yourself with faster swimmers! These better athletes are NOT your enemy and do NOT pose serious obstacles for you in the pursuit of your dreams. On the contrary! The faster kids on your team are your training partners who can both directly and indirectly help you get better and faster!
Provide you with an incentive to work harder and stretch your limits. They show you the way as to what is possible for you, because if one athlete on your team can do something, then SO CAN YOU!
Are a constant source of motivation that you can use to push yourself out of your comfort zone each and every day you train. You grow as an athlete and person by “getting comfortable being uncomfortable,” by regularly stepping outside your comfort zone.
Often times do things differently than you. They may work harder, have better stroke mechanics or be mentally tougher than you. In this way they are revealing their “secrets” and thus providing you with the opportunity to follow their lead, strengthen your weaknesses and grow as a swimmer.
Can do much to actually build your self-confidence and ability to handle psych-outs and intimidation at big meets. When you face off against better swimmers every day in practice, you will eventually get used to competing against tougher competition at meets without being intimidated.
Don't let your insecurities blind you to the important role that your better teammates can play in helping you turn your swimming dreams into a reality. Faster mates are your most valued training partners and secret weapon. They are NOT the enemy. If you have the right attitude towards them, then they can help you reach those HUGE, exciting goals of yours.