Procrastination Is The Dream Killer

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If you dream of a moment like this:

Then leaving this:

And this:

And actually visiting one of these:

Is the single most important thing you can do.

We don't care how old you are, or that now isn't a good moment, or you're worried you're not good enough, or you only want to work on your stroke technique, or your local pool isn't very nice. These are all forms of procrastination that are stopping you reaching your goals.

So turn the brain off, just start and the rest will all fall into place. Thinking about it is a lot worse than the reality.

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Anonymous said...

It's too cold
I'm too tired
The lane will be too busy
I can do it tomorrow
I don't want to work hard

Unknown said...

This is most probably the single best bit of advice ever, if you don't get wet you wont improve.

Syb CE said...

EXACTLY what I needed today!

Unknown said...

I never procrastinate. It's too much like hard work :)

Anonymous said...

Perfect advice as I sit here trying to get out the door for a big swim. Sorta pumps me up!

Anonymous said...

My dreams aren't even that big - just get to the next milestone birthday, and the one after, and after. I've had flu, but can't wait to get back to the pool - quick, slow, whatever, just keep going, just do it!

Anonymous said...

you guys know us too well

Anonymous said...

Good intentions never achieved anything.

Anonymous said...

As an Adult learner in a class of 4 I'm often the only student at the lesson. It's only half an hour a week, excuses range from "was on my feet all day" so they choose laying on the couch over laying in the water? Can't find the time, yet they signed up and paid knowing when the lessons were and don't go in their own time when they can't make a scheduled lesson, pool access is unlimited for those paying for lessons.

I've been doing lessons for a while now, seen students come and go, haven't seen any master swimming yet, best was a bloke that left being able to swim 50 metres, he could do that when he arrived for his first lesson.

It's taken me two years to be able to swim 50 metres non stop, but I couldn't swim 5 metres when I started.

Yep, I'm not one of those miraculous people that can swim a mile 6 months after starting from nothing.

Adam Young said...

Thanks for all your posts - funny and inspiring at the same time! :)


Unknown said...

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Valerie said...

I'm so glad to see this post. I hate hearing people say, "I can't..." because of course you're not going to be able to if you never try. You have to make the initiative, or you will never make it.

Sasha said...

So so true - I recently started a Couch to 5K running app, and adding swimming in is the next step :-)

Unknown said...

Too true, and the tough love I needed to hear right now, thanks.

This is the first week I've been to the pool twice, and the first time I've managed to swim 2km in a session since last year. Strange how actually training makes you better, and sitting around at home doesn't!

Dipil said...

I walk 4 KVS every day and then go for a swim. This is exactly what happens. One length of 30 meters. And beat
Sometimes can do two lengths. I love to be in the pool.What is your advice......

Adam Young said...

Hi Dipil,

Did you see this post from 2 weeks ago? :



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