Tonight I had one of my best swims yet. After 44days, I am pushing along and doing my best to keep this as a daily habit, even when it is only for 30minutes. Tonight I followed my own advice which I wrote about here a couple of days ago, blow bubbles to relive your troubles. That article was mainly about the metaphor of letting go of whatever is keeping us down in our minds and moving forward.
To my surprise, I learned that proper exhalation, complete exhalation is key to having a strong freestyle stroke and we extrapolated from that to our general daily lives, let go , move forward, keep going towards the goals that are meaningful to all of us.
But, I also tried to apply it to my swim tonight and it worked really well, in fact, I was able to swim half a mile breathing every third stroke instead of my usual breath for every stroke. It made a big difference, I focused on getting a complete exhalation and could tell that it helped my alignment in the water and speed.
So, after 44 days swimming, I have definitely made improvements, significantly in lung capacity, dropping eight pounds now, starting the pushup program, getting to sleep earlier and moving forward in my studies.
I think that the moral of the story is consistency with good habits bears fruits. Just have to choose some good goals, get on the road and stay the course.
I have read many times in quite a few self help books that if you “change your thoughts, change your life”. They speak at length about how important it is to have positive thoughts, and I do believe that. But, my experience is demonstrating to me that it is not enough to change thoughts. That is like thinking how much I want to get out to the beach every day without actually renting a car or taking the train to the beach. How is thinking about it going to make it happen?
Clearly we have to take action. A script is not enough, we have to get on stage and take action to start to effect positive change in our lives.
Please share your thoughts as well, experiences in effecting change in your life or how you have helped others make changes, I am sure you have powerful stories. Thanks!