Finding Your Own Path In 2020

When a great competitor achieves their true potential in their sport, it's always worth listening to their reflections on what really made a difference along their journey. Nearly always that wisdom dwells on the mental and emotional aspects of preparation and competing.

Here's a great quote from Lewis Hamilton after winning his sixth (!) Formula 1 world championship a few weeks ago:
It's the physical side, it's the mental side, it's probably the mental side that's probably the biggest part... We have control of our mind. As I've gone through the years I've been more and more aware of what works for me and what doesn't.

I realise I'm different... because we're all different. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. I'm not insecure about my weaknesses. There's never a day when you're perfect. When you make no mistakes, those are the days you learn from. 

What's probably been the hardest lesson to learn is that you can't change the past. It burns you out; it's almost too much to bear. You just have to suck it up... and I've learned to be able to move on. As long as I've done my best day on the day I can be proud of myself whether I win or I lose....

... You can over-prepare. I keep to myself, take my mind off it. I think about other things, I think about family, I think about my dad. He worked harder than anyone else and inspired me to do that same. We over-think things all the time... and it's a case of just going out and doing it. This is how I operate best. This is how I achieve greatness.
We love how Lewis brings together these really simple points so beautifully:

- You have to work things out for yourself.
Recognise shit happens along the way and you can't change that so you have no choice but to turn the page and move on. That's a really hard thing to do.
- Keep things really simple.
- Remember everything that brought you to this point and draw strength from that.

You might not be racing for world titles yourself with all the pressure that brings but that doesn't mean that achieving your goals and becoming all that you can be is easy, far from it.

The upcoming festive break is a great time to reflect on some of this stuff yourself and move forwards positively into 2020.

For more wisdom filled reflections to hopefully inspire you, take a listen to episode 12 of the Swim Smooth podcast featuring the legendary 6 time Ironman World Champion Dave Scott:

https://anchor.fm/swimsmooth/episodes/Episode-12---Dave-Scott--6-time-Hawaii-Ironman-World-Champion-e3379t


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