Now, when I started this blog I had grand ambitions, I was going to post thought-provoking coaching insights on a daily basis, I was going to challenge the status quo (not the band), I was going to be a pioneer in my field.
That was the plan, then I realised, I don’t have that many thought-provoking thoughts!
I started posting on a semi regular basis on some stuff, did a few series on teaching, started one on building a program, I’m a third of the way through an A – Z (if H is a third distance I didn’t actually count). things other than swimming started to creep into my posts on occasion but again, only occasionally.
As a coach there are a number of things that I ‘preach’ to the guys in the squad. one of these things is
- race ’til the end, finish the race.
Why put in all that training, time and effort to drift along at the end and throw away a PB or medal? It makes no sense!
It occurred to me, on more than one occasion, that quite a few of these idioms we coaches use, the hashtags we thing make us cooler, can be (and should be) applied to other areas of our lives.
We sell our sport, in many ways, on the back of the life lessons and invaluable skills that the athletes can learn to carry into the rest of their ‘post-swimming’ lives. But how many of us actually apply the same life lessons to our own lives.
Swimming takes discipline, you have to apply yourself to it. In the Bible, on more than one occasion the Christian life is likened to running (we will use swimming cos….it’s a swimming coach blog)
Paul lets us in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 – Everyone runs in a race, but only one person wins the prize, run like you want to win. everyone who races goes through tough training, they do it to get a prize that will no last but we do it to get a prize that will last forever (paraphrased)
how do we finish this race well?
1 – Get rid of the extra weight – its a good idea to periodically evaluate what we are doing and ask is this thing speeding me on my Christian journey or slowing me down, is it a help or hindrance?
2 – The right motive – it’s not an Olympic medal we crave as Christians, our reward is in heaven waiting for us
3 – Clear objectives – the best way to move a tired horse (I’m reliably informed) is to turn it towards home. if we want our life’s to move in the right direction we must turn our focus to God and move in the direction He wants us to
4 – Don’t look back – One thing that drives me mad is swimmers looking around them while they race, more than one race has been lost by a swimmer looking to see where everyone else was. If you want to win you have to accelerate towards that finish line, work harder towards the end. Not looking back in our Christian walk does not mean we don’t remember, we need to learn from mistakes, it means that we no longer allow those mistakes to control us.
It’s not enough to simply start the race, we have to finish!!
The only way to finish strong is to give our everything to God, we can’t hold back.
’til next time