Don’t Just Change, Transform

The athletes who competed in the London Olympics are models of persistence and what it takes to maintain change.

BY: Dr. Matt Mumber and Heather Reed


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These include the creation of desired goals, the meaning a swimmer attaches to participation, how practice and competition are viewed, and whether he or she swims out of a desire for success or out of a fear of failure. This category is often understood as “the will to win” or “the heart’s desire.” Which is more important? Certainly without the mechanical, practical pieces in place there would be no way to begin.

Yet, how often do we see the outcome of sporting events deliver victory not to the most talented, but to those with greatest camaraderie, heart and desire? Optimally, the heart, mind, and body can work seamlessly to provide what is needed at just the right time. The ability to be aware of what is going on right here and right now is the magical elixir that helps an athlete to balance the resources necessary for success. We can be aware of who we are, including our strengths and weaknesses. We can frame our present situation with a clear understanding of where we have been in the past and where we wish to go in the future. A balanced mind, body, and spirit fill us with reason to wake up in the morning, with an ongoing expression of who we really are. When we are out of balance, goals can become a source of judgmental striving that can never be satisfied and are never enough. Vince Lombardi, legendary football coach and motivator, famously said: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Later in life, he came to regret those words. Instead, he wished he’d emphasized that giving 100% effort is what’s most important. In any endeavor, whether a quest to improve athletically or to experience health more completely, it is feeling that we have given our highest and best individual effort that counts the most. The time has come to expand our methods purposefully and to tap the resources of our heart and mind.

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