I have been a competitive swimmer since third grade. Everything about the sport for the past almost ten years has been difficult from learning to refine the technique of your strokes to pushing that last length of a race when you’re tired. The one mantra I’ve always had when it comes to swimming is that nothing comes without hard work. Every time I’ve ever not met goals that I’ve set for myself, it led me to put in more effort to work past the issue I’m facing. Had I not put in several years of hard work when I was faced with blocks, I wouldn’t be scoring in meets or getting the times I strive for like I do.
The times I had progressed the most was when I was taking extra steps to get better. Whenever I pushed myself to work just a little bit harder, I got results. Taking initiative may not be fun at all, but in the long run, it’s the only way to get better. If one puts in the work, the chances of not meeting goals become smaller.
I specifically remember the summer before I went into high school; I was dead set on becoming a better swimmer to make varsity freshman year. That whole summer outside of my regular four to five hours of swim practice, I dieted, worked out from thirty minutes to an hour and biked five miles a day. Needless to say, I did become a better swimmer; the improvement was marginally larger than in past years because I took the time to put in the extra work to become better. Although that ended up being a very dull summer vacation due to the time I put into bettering myself, I felt great about myself later as I was accomplishing goals that had felt impossible for myself just months before.
My experiences with swimming served as proof that hard work pays off. I couldn’t have gotten as far as I have without having put in the effort to better myself. I have learned that when hard work is put in, you can do anything and go anywhere.
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