I said this to myself as I arrived at the pool yesterday morning. I said this to myself the night before as I got all my things together to go to the pool in the morning. And all through my swim workout, I kept this thought at the forefront of my mind.
Swimming. I love to swim, I love the feeling of working hard in the pool, the feeling I have when I’m done with my workout, and that feeling of strength I get from swimming. But things have been a bit lackluster lately. I have been motivated to swim – or so I have been thinking – until last week, when it was mentioned to me that I wasn’t starting my rotation until I was nearly prone (at which point, it becomes rather hard to perform any kind of rotation). And with that, a little light bulb went off. Ding! It wasn’t my rotation that was the problem…it was my pull. Yes, I was pulling my arms through the water, but I wasn’t really PULLing. My pull had gotten…lazy. Lazy pulling does not get us anywhere, we do not have breakthroughs or “big” drops in time, we do not get stronger, and we certainly cannot get faster if we are not putting any effort into that major part of our swim stroke.
“Stop being lazy, stop being lazy, pull, pull, pull, reach, pull, all the way through”. I almost developed a rhythm to these thoughts. I went to the pool yesterday with a workout in mind to test my pulling ability – and myself. It worked, and yes, I passed. I was motivated for my workout, but – more importantly – I went to the pool with intent. Many times we may consider ourselves motivated or that we have everything in order, but do we really? Having intent gives us something to focus on, something to work for, something to be MOTIVATED to go and do. It is in this manner that our motivation moves from surface thoughts – thinking what we want to think, what we want to be true, and not what is true – to action and intention.
“You’ve got to know what you want. This is central to acting on your intentions. When you know what you want, you realize that all there is left then is time management. You’ll manage your time to achieve your goals because you clearly know what you’re trying to achieve in your life.”
– From the movie, Patch Adams
Stop being lazy. It is time to stop being lazy, and I did. I have a new focus now, an improved focus, and even better than that – I have intent. Something clicked for me, and I hope to be able to take it and run (I mean, swim!) with it!
“Effort plus motive equals result.”
– P.D. Ouspensky
If you feel like you’re in a rut, or that your “motivation” does not seem to be getting you anywhere, take a closer look at what you are doing, or, better yet – listen to what other people may be telling you. All too often we don’t notice what we need to change. So, get out there, find something to focus on, put some intent behind what you want to do, get motivated to go and do it, and then…DO IT!