Sole Searching is intended and designed to generate and create serious thinking and deep consideration regarding one’s beliefs, motivation and driving force to finally move yourself to the next level.

Week 38, Volume 38

Focus on the Process Not The Outcome

As I stood on deck watching my athletes performing their drill set, I noticed one athlete after completing the three-touch drill (which by design is a purposefully slow and deliberate drill) hitting their Garmin watch. I suggested that the athlete slow down the process, take off the watch and feel the drill versus simply going through the motions to satisfy the need to complete worthless meters of swimming.

“You see, in order to go fast you must first slow down.”

In this incident, this athlete was so focused on the outcome that they missed the opportunity for growth. While two lanes over after each 50 another athlete stood with their eyes closed, back against the wall, slowly and deliberately mimicking the motion of the drill and mindfully working to burn it into their neuromuscular memory.

The Process

I am sorry to say that most of us, in what we consider practice, are in actuality just playing around. We are so embedded with bad habits and stuck in our comfort zone. We need to truly embrace the process of change and growth. Yes, there are going to be setbacks, discomfort, challenges, pain, failure and frustration and that is the real reason so many will not embrace the process. Despite their diligence of showing up to complete the process of working hard, most people will fail to improve at what they do, despite their well-meaning attempts, they simply fail at getting any better.

The Process of Working Hard

Let me clarify the distinction of Working Hard. It is showing up, completing practice, feeling really satisfied because you are walking away feeling tired and sore, satisfied that you completed the meters of swimming, though having no real awareness of what was being focused on and what was being practiced.  On the other hand, showing up to your training session prepared to completely give in to “Working Hard” you now have become more mindful and deliberate. If you have never put all your emotional and physical energy into an endeavor for the fear of failure, you have no idea how rewarding it can be. There is so much to be learned from the experience. Create a mental state by focusing on the present moment, by slowing the movements down letting the body and mind feel the process through Kinesthetic awareness which is a sensory skill that your body uses to know where it is in space.

When you decide to embrace the process, please be aware you are stepping into the realm of hard work which many time can be tedious, boring, mundane and monotonous. The process is where the magic happens. Embrace and cherish the undertaking and know you are a minority and stand out as an outlier. The process is waiting for you.