PVC Mental Strategy 75

Do You Suffer from WCST?

Before I explain, there’s no need to panic! WCST is not fatal to you, but it can cause severe damage to your swimming and make it near impossible to achieve your ultimate goals. How? By placing artificial or imagined barriers in your path. Before going further, allow me to define the acronym. WCST stands for Worst Case Scenario Thinking, meaning swimmers imagine the worst things that could happen anytime they think of an impending competition or practice. For example, failing to achieve a personal best time in a mid-season swim meet may equate to a missed scholarship to Stanford, or a set of 100s butterfly may conjure up thoughts of torture and a near-death experience.  WCST can also exist in other aspects of your life like school or personal. 

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