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Why Swimmers Should Aim Higher with Their Goals

As a coach, one of the most important aspects of my job is to help my swimmers set and achieve their goals. I often have conversations with my athletes about their aspirations in the pool and beyond. In these discussions, I've noticed that many of my swimmers aim low, limiting themselves and not fully realizing their potential. That's why I want to encourage all swimmers to aim higher with their goals, to push themselves beyond their comfort zone and achieve greatness.

Setting High Goals Leads to Personal Growth and Development

I understand that setting lofty goals can be intimidating, but to feel fulfilled with your goals you must be open and honest with yourself about what it is that you want. Setting high goals is not only essential for personal growth and development but also provides a sense of purpose and motivation. When you set your sights on something challenging and difficult to attain, you are more likely to stay focused and work hard to achieve it. This dedication and hard work will pay off in the long run, leading to greater satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment (Locke & Latham, 2002).

The Power of Challenging Yourself

One of my swimmers, Jess, recently set a goal to improve her 100m breaststroke time by 2 seconds. While this is a commendable goal, I encouraged Jess to aim higher and push herself to achieve a greater improvement. Jess was initially sceptical, but I explained that setting higher goals will help her develop a growth mindset and increase her resilience in the face of obstacles and setbacks (Dweck, 2006).

Jess eventually agreed and set a goal to improve her 100m breaststroke time by 3 seconds. This new, more challenging goal pushed Jess to work harder and swim faster, and she ended up achieving a time improvement of 3.5 seconds. The satisfaction and pride she felt from reaching this goal was palpable and inspired her to set even higher goals in the future.

The Importance of Realistic and Challenging Goals

It's important to note that aiming higher with your goals does not mean setting unrealistic or impossible targets. Instead, it's about setting goals that challenge you and stretch your abilities. It's about setting goals that make you work harder, swim faster, and become a better version of yourself (Locke & Latham, 2002).

Take the First Step Towards Achieving Your Goals

If you're interested in learning more about goal setting and how to achieve your full potential in the pool, sign up for our "Swimming Strong" mailing list. As a thank you for joining, you'll receive access to our exclusive goal-setting manual, filled with tips and strategies to help you achieve greatness. This will be released end of February 2023, So don't wait, sign up today and take the first step towards becoming the best swimmer you can be!


Q: What is the "Swimming Strong" mailing list?

A: The "Swimming Strong" mailing list is a newsletter aimed at helping swimmers achieve their full potential in the pool. By signing up, you'll receive regular updates, tips, and access to exclusive resources like our goal-setting manual.

Q: What is included in the goal-setting manual?

A: Our goal-setting manual is filled with tips and strategies to help you set and achieve your goals. It covers a wide range of topics, including goal-setting theory, effective goal-setting practices, and practical exercises to help you take action.

Q: What is the benefit of joining the "Swimming Strong" mailing list?

A: Joining the "Swimming Strong" mailing list provides you with regular updates and resources to help you achieve your full potential in the pool. You'll also receive access to

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