24 Reasons Tomorrow Begins Today

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By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern

With the championship season rapidly coming to a close for high school and college swimmers, we look forward to a brief, yet well deserved one to two week break before we get back at it in the offseason leading into summer training.

After enjoying some time out of the water, there is no time like the present to begin strengthening weaknesses, honing in on the little things, and taking the outcome of your recently completed season and building off of it.

It may be the case that you had an excellent season, or maybe you ended up swimming flat and below expectations. Regardless, it is officially time to get your butt back in the pool and weight room and use last season as fuel to motivate your training every single day.

Telling yourself “I’ll just really get back into it next week” only allows the upcoming season to creep up that much faster, forcing you to have to scramble to get the necessary work in before it is too late. There are plenty of motivators out there to keep in the back of your mind when your alarm goes off for morning practice and your bed seems just too comfy to roll out of.

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Here are 24 reasons tomorrow begins today…

  1. That girl you out-touched at your championship meet? She will do everything she can to make sure that never happens again.
  2. Because the team that beat your team overall deserved to win just as much as you did.
  3. Because practice makes perfect.
  4. Because you should be able to look back on your next season with no doubt that you did every single thing you could possibly have done in order to succeed. Starting today.
  5. Because your competitors are working just as hard as you, if not harder.
  6. The work you put in today will make the work tomorrow that much easier.
  7. Swimming tends to have the snowball effect. All the work you put in now will be built off of for next season’s training.
  8. Because progress all comes down to the little things.
  9. Excellence is a habit, not simply a virtue.
  10. Because technique takes time.
  11. You can want to get better all day long, but putting in the actual work every single practice is what will get you there.
  12. Because your teammates desire success just as much as you do.
  13. Because “fake it ’til you make it” has never and will never be a thing in swimming.
  14. You should never get too comfortable with where you are at. There is always room for improvement.
  15. Because having giant muscles is cooler than you think.
  16. Because everyone carries an equal weight on your team. Your teammates rely on you just as much as you rely on them.
  17. Because investing yourself and buying in to the process produces favorable results.
  18. It is never the wrong time to begin good habits.
  19. Because swimming has a short-term memory. Win or lose last season, the only thing that matters now is the year that lies ahead.
  20. The best way to get better at swimming…is to swim.
  21. Because challenging yourself to get better should not scare you, but ignite your craving for success.
  22. Because every single day counts.
  23. If you make it hurt now, by the time you get to your next championship meet, it will just be smooth sailing ahead.
  24. Because there is nothing more satisfying than looking up at the scoreboard and seeing the results of your success light up.

So after you enjoy your break following a long year of blood, sweat, tears, and triumph remember that there is no day better than today to get up, get in the pool, and get better.

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Author: Lillian Nelson

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Lillian Nelson studies Communications and Sociology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a breaststroker for their Division I program. She grew up swimming for Peninsula Covenant Aquatics and Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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