I was huffing and puffing through swim practice tonight trying to focus on ANYTHING other than my arms. They seemed to be made of lead this evening.
During each breath, looking at the sideline of the pool, I remembered a trick I've used before to make it through a set. I imagine people in my life running back and forth on the deck screaming and waving me forward -- just like high school swim meets. My father, my coach, my brother, my friends. It's fun to go through the list of people in my life and imagine their smiling faces and their flailing arms. I even throw in perfect strangers, new crushes and unlikely characters.
Now, you can call me a total cheese-ball, but I feel like this strategy could work for many difficult situations in life. Imagining people you care about on the sideline, cheering you on...supporting you.