Mental Physical Technical Swimming


: Affirmations


29 Oct

Research indicates a person thinks between 45,000 and 50,000 conscious and subconscious thoughts per day, or approximately 150 to 300 per minute. Research also indicates up to eighty percent of these thoughts have the potential to be negative in nature. Combating negative thoughts is never easy, but there are a number of psychological techniques available to overcome them. One involves the use of affirmations (positive programming), where swimmers repeat positive comments about themselves throughout the day. In time these positive affirmations become a regular part of their day-to-day thinking. Examples include:

  • “I feel great.”
  • “The better the competition, the better I swim.”
  • “I fear nothing.”
  • “If they can, I can.”
  • “I’m up for any challenge that comes my way.”
  • “The tougher the race, the better I swim.”
  • “I can achieve anything I put my mind to.”
  • “I’m getting better day by day.”
  • “The tougher the set, the better I do.”
  • “I have all I need to succeed.”
  • “I am invincible.”
  • “I’m a winner.”
  • “Nothing can stop me from achieving my goal.”

In a holistic approach, swimmers are instructed to create three to five applicable affirmations at the beginning of each short course and long course season. Affirmations must be repeated with clarity, enthusiasm, and meaning at least five times each. Swimmers have the option of repeating affirmations silently or out loud. For greater effectiveness affirmations should be repeated first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and throughout the day when possible.

Note: Visualizing affirmations can dramatically increase their effectiveness. 

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