Looking for Motivation – Nike “Rise and Shine!”

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Published on: October 22, 2013

Good Morning!

Need a bit of inspiration?  With the change of season and the stress of daily life...I know some days are harder than others.  But, last Wednesday, I had the honor of participating in a Health and Wellness event at Bergen Community College - and thus I was introduced to Nike's Rise and Shine video.

To Quote:

.....You are a lion in a field of lions, all hunting the same elusive prey with a desperate starvation that says victory is the only thing that can keep you alive.

So believe that voice that says you can run a little faster and you can throw a little harder, and that for you the laws of physics are merely a suggestion.

Luck is the last dying wish of those who want to believe that winning can happen by accident.

Sweat on the other hand is for those who know it’s a choice.

So decide now because destiny waits for no man.

And when your time comes and a thousand different voices are trying to tell you that you’re not ready for it, listen instead to that lone voice of descent, that one voice that says:

“you are ready”

“you are prepared”.

It’s all up to you now!

So Rise and shine!



If anyone is aware of the correct citation - I will happy give credit to the individual and NIKE.  This is motivating...inspiring....and I wish it was my alarm clock!


Keep on Swimming,

Coach Meg




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Published on: December 15, 2012

Fast times are fun and all...but they aren't everything.

Today, one of my swimmers, a young high schooler who has had a bumpy-if-not-horrid fight back from injury, competed in the 200 fly.

She performed well - better then she has in the past two years - but that wasn't it...

Swim meets and races are neither good or bad, despite what we want to think, they just are. Fast, slow, whatever. A race doesn't always have to mean something, but after years of poor performance, this race meant something to her.

And it wasn't because this was a best time...

.....it was the look in her eyes, a glimpse of happy tears, a timid smile and the statement "that wasn't bad" that demonstrated a new-found belief in herself...as an athlete and as a person. She didn't laugh-off or reject my praise or critical insight. She listened with an open mind-- for the first time in a long time.

I coach for moments like these. 🙂

Keep on Swimming,

Coach Meg


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