8 Things That Happen When You Start Paying Attention to Your Mindset

By Olivier Poirier-Leroy  | Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mental training can seem confusing and overwhelming when approached for the first time…

Does it mean something is wrong with me?

Does it mean my brain is busted?

This stuff all sounds kind of hokey—just sit around, close my eyes and focus on my breathing-type stuff?

No, you don’t need mental training because your brain is broken.

And no, it’s not some The Secret-type stuff where you sit around wishing on the universe to give you what you need.

This stuff is backed by decades of research that has consistently shown that mental training, with its various techniques and tools, including visualization, self-talk, and even a bigger focus on the process can help you straight-up donkey kick your personal best times in the pool.

Instead of looking at mental training as fixing something that is wrong, view it as a series of cheat codes for your mindset.

And by extension, how you swim in practice and on race day.

Here’s are eight ways that working on your mindset even just a little bit each day will help you become the swimmer you’ve always dreamt of becoming. Next week, we will look at a few more.

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