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Personal Best: How to achieve your full potential by Marc Woods

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FOUR

Motivation

What gets you out of bed?

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”

Andrew Carnegie

“Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”

Donald Trump

GETTING OUT OF BED

January and February are two of the toughest months for any British swimmer. When your alarm wakes you in the morning and you head out into the biting cold, it is pitch black outside. When you leave the pool after completing your evening workout, it is pitch black again, still cold and probably raining. The excitement and tension of summer competition seems like a mirage in the distance.

During the early months of 1995, ...

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