The biggest breakthrough I had as I tried to become a better swimmer was when I began enjoying the sport. For me this had a lot to do with joining a squad and creating more social opportunities as a swimmer. When you enjoy something, you are more likely to commit yourself to the process and that will be where results start to flow back. Be kind to yourself and remember how powerful your language can be. I used to laugh at myself and describe myself as an awful swimmer often. Somewhere along the way I decided that if I was putting all this effort into trying to improve, I needed to start giving myself more respect. Interestingly, as I started to talk about how much stronger and faster my swimming felt, I would see evidence that this was in fact the case. Keep your thoughts and words positive and it will have a flow on effect to performance.
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