Whether you’re aware of it or not, similar situations can stir-up the same thoughts in your head. For example, let’s say you’re standing behind the block about to race a 100-butterfly. Even though you’re at a different pool, competing against seven new swimmers, the situation generates the same thoughts as the last time. Situational thinking can be a good thing if your mind plays a supportive role, but what if does the exact opposite, and causes stress and doubt? I know many swimmers (perhaps you) who work incredibly hard to improve their performance but are haunted by situational thinking. Just as your body and technique improve for the better swim meet to swim meet, your thought process must also advance. Better fitness (same mind) or better technique (same mind) won’t cut it going forward.