NCAA Swimmers – How To Mentally Approach The Upcoming Season

I’ve spent the past several years working with NCAA D1 swim programs, first at Florida Gulf Coast University and now at Florida State University. At the beginning of each season, when I start my first round of individual sessions with people, one of the first things I ask them is the following: “What’s your mental …

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How to Bounce Back When You Fail

The last 10 yards of her race, it was obvious she wasn’t going to win. For her, it’s kind of startling, considering how dominant she’s been in this event and how little she tends to lose. As she throws herself into the wall to finish out, the crowd in attendance goes berserk. She’s lost the …

How To Stop Comparing Yourself To Everyone Else (Swimming Edition!)

Alan Watts was one of the greatest philosophers and writers of the 20th century. Born in Chilsehurst, England, he wrote over 25 books related to Eastern and Western religion and went on to become one of the world’s most foremost authorities on Eastern culture and Zen Buddhism until his death in 1973. He once said …

There Is No Off-Season!

Off-Season? What off-season!? Great athletes don't take time off. If you want to compete at a high level and succeed in your sport, you have to skip your off-season and continue to train all year round. The fact is, your competition is working harder than you and trying to gain an edge over you, so …

Failure Is NECESSARY!

Failure is awesome and you need it! Without failure, you can never succeed. Without failure, you can never grow. Without failure, you can never improve. Without failure, you can never be the best version of yourself that you can possibly be. Don't fear failure. Let it strengthen you and let it teach you. Every failure …

My Weaknesses

  I have weaknesses. I have things about myself that I know aren’t good. My awareness and genuine recognition of them comes and goes. There are times when I’m fully conscious of them and feel like I know I should make some kind of marked action to try and rid myself of them. Other times, …