Self-Improvement – Everyday Better. Be a better you!
“Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body.”
– Lynn Jennings (Long Distance Runner)
Do you think you are the absolute best you can be? Is there something you would like to be better at?
Every day we learn and we practice. Whether it’s throwing farther, kicking harder, or simply moving faster to get where we need to go on time. Improvement is inevitable…if you want it.
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympians of all time, holds records for swimming the 100 meter butterfly, 200 meter butterfly, 400 meter individual medley, 200 meter freestyle, and 200 meter individual medley.
He also has two DUI (driving under the influence) charges which prompted USA Swimming to suspend him from competition for six months. This was the turn-around point for Phelps who then decided he need to make a change. He needed to improve his life choices because he was downward spiraling.
Phelps reflected on the night he was charged with his second DUI. “I think it was more of, of a sign than anything else. That I had to get something under control, whatever it was. I look back at that night and everything happened for a reason.”
He was unsure if he was an “alcoholic” by definition, but knew that he had his moments when he would go off the deep end. He also said the drinking affected his training. He never really wanted to work out.
Once he completed his 45 days of rehabilitation, Phelps began attending Alcoholics Anonymous. He said he’s freer and happier now. He’s also seen a vast improvement in his outlook on training. “I want to be here. That’s the difference. I had no desire to go to work out before. And I want to retire how I want to retire. And I have a great opportunity to do that. I haven’t trained like this in a decade,” he said in an interview with USA Today.
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