Failure

You’ve been aiming for a resolution for almost a month now. Maybe you’re going strong. Maybe you’re suffering through. Maybe you’ve stopped trying. Who needs to exercise anyway? There’s just no time for meeting with my mentor. But there was pie in the break room and I couldn’t say no!

There’s no doubt you’re facing challenges or even obvious resistance to accomplishing your 2016 goals. But, how can you think your way through it and come out on the other side?

Here’s three ways to reframe failure and the desire to quit as you push past failures and strengthen your thinking.

Quitting is more about who you are than where you are. Everyone faces difficulty when working toward a dream. And if someone fails, he can make excuses for what went wrong, how the unexpected happened, how someone let him down, how circumstances worked against him. But the reality is that the external things do not stop people.
Those who achieve their dreams don’t have an easier path than those who do not. They just have a different internal attitude about the journey. The great artist Leonardo da Vinci once declared, “Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed on a star does not change his mind.” The one who achieves the dream sees the journey differently.
Instead of thinking, “Not enough people believe in me. I’ll never make it,” think, “My belief in myself is big enough; I can make it.”

Instead of, “It’s taking too long to realize my dream,” think, “Dreams are realized one day at a time.”

Rather than, “Enough is enough! I’ve taken enough hits!” think, “I’ve come too far to give up now.”

Instead of, “I don’t have the strength to hold onto my dream,” think, “Hold on a little longer. The darkest hour comes just before the dawn.”

Novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe said, “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

And, H.E. Jensen expressed an achiever’s way of thinking: “The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn’t hear the referee.”

The only real guarantee for failure is to stop trying.

So when things go wrong,

when the obstacles seem too great,

when the difficulties get to be too much,

when your dream seems to be impossibly far away,

your job is to simply keep going.

If you stop, it won’t be because of what happens around you. It will be because of what happens in you. Choose to think differently, because success is probably closer than you think

BDA Saturday Highlights

“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say, ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.’ You do that every single day. And soon, you will have a wall.”
Will Smith

Saturday Am Emac Meet

200 IM

Abby Bowen went out in her best 50 Fly leg in her IM with a 34.61 and had a 5 second time drop getting a 235.62.

James Stanco raced out hard and came home hard to finish with a triple best going out in 14.01 and 31.73 LTB in his fly and ending with a 7 second time loss to post a 2.33.14.

Peyton McNulty and Haley Thier were just off their best times.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
Steve Jobs

200 Backstroke

Abby Bowen chipped off some time to pull a 2:33.90 in her Backstroke also getting a best 25 of 17.93.

Haley Thier cut off a second in her Backstroke to go a 2:27.05 LTB.

James Stanco was close to his best.

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

– David Rockefeller

100 Free

James Stanco and Peyton McNulty were close to their best times with Audrey Campo and Cat Donlon swimming strong 100’s.

Success requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.

– Thomas A. Edison

100 Fly
Bailey Babarsky grabbed a triple best in her 100 Fly posting a
13.28 30.70 108.60.
She bested her time by a couple seconds. Nico Lastauskas, James Stanco, Abbey Bowen, and Haley Thier all had solid swims in the event.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

– Lao Tzu

200 Breaststroke

Abby Bowen slashed 5 seconds off her best 200 Breaststroke to crack the 3:00 barrier and go 2:56.48 racing home her last 50 strong.

James Stanco chopped off 4 seconds in his 200 Breaststroke with a 3:10.85.

Peyton McNulty was just off her best.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Harriet Tubman
Swim of the sessions went to Abby Bowen in for her 200 Breaststroke.
Swimmer of the session was a battle between Abby Bowen and James Stanco with Abby out dueling James for the Saturday Title.

See you at the Top!

Saturday Am Highlights

“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say, ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.’ You do that every single day. And soon, you will have a wall.”
Will Smith


Saturday Am Emac Meet

200 IM

Abby Bowen went out in her best 50 Fly leg in her IM with a 34.61 and had a 5 second time drop getting a 235.62.

James Stanco raced out hard and came home hard to finish with a triple best going out in 14.01 and 31.73 LTB in his fly and ending with a 7 second time loss to post a 2.33.14.

Peyton McNulty and Haley Thier were just off their best times.

BDA-Saturday Am Highlights

“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say, ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.’ You do that every single day. And soon, you will have a wall.”
Will Smith

Saturday Am Emac Meet

200 IM

Abby Bowen went out in her best 50 Fly leg in her IM with a 34.61 and had a 5 second time drop getting a 235.62.

James Stanco raced out hard and came home hard to finish with a triple best going out in 14.01 and 31.73 LTB in his fly and ending with a 7 second time loss to post a 2.33.14.

Peyton McNulty and Haley Thier were just off their best times.

Saturday Afternoon Smiles with Natalie

Saturday Afternoon Smiles with Natalie
Natalie “green apple” Colarossi took on her first BDA meet in style. She started out with a 100 breast, going a triple best (29.44)(106.14)(226.05). She then dashed to a double best and 12 second drop in her 50 free with some stylish flipturns (19.45)(42.18). Natalie then hopped up for a super 33 second drop in her 100 IM, also earning a best 25 fly going out (25.25)(200.17). In her 50 back, Natalie sprinted herself to an 8 second drop and another double best for herself (23.38)(51.94). In her final event of the day, Natalie tackled her 200 free, dazzling her flip turns throughout the whole race, and slicing off 19 seconds from her 100 free starting out (144.30), and finishing with a 1 minute 5 second drop from her previous best 200 (344.41). Natalie was also the hangman champion of the day, and earned herself SWIMMER OF THE SESSION, with her 200 free being her SWIM OF THE SESSION.

Friday Night at EMMAUS

Friday Night Emmaus Shining Swims
400 IMs: Baily Babarsky busted loose and slid past her best 400 IM with a new best of 4:58.49. Abby Bowen chopped off almost 5 seconds from her previous best 400 IM, also snatching a best 100 fly going out (116.64)(5:28.94). Audrey Campo won the event for the girls, and her and Haley Their swam strong races close to their bests. James Stanco kept his momentum going with an over 6 second drop in his IM with a stormin 5:31.17.

500 Free: Cat Donlon won the 500 free, a little off her best. Nico Lastauskas took home swim of the session and swimmer of the session with a dazzling drop in his 500 free, slicing off over 4 seconds, earning himself another sectional cut, and re-breaking his own BDA team and age group record with a time of 446.14.