Building a better process in 2021

Unlike 2020, I am going to make this messagel short-and-sweet.

Getting better in the water (or dryland, depending on the degree of lockdown you are experiencing right now), isn’t that complicated…

  • Pick a goal (I want to swim faster!)
  • Pick a process (I am going to swim faster by working hard at practice!)
  • Execute process (I worked hard at practice today!)
  • Evaluate process (I worked hard, but I could swim faster by sleeping better/eating 8% better/improving my dolphin kick)
  • Rinse and repeat

Looks simple, right?

But we both know that simple is far from easy.

Swimmers trip over themselves at almost every step:

  • Picking a goal that is too vague or so unrealistic that it sets up failure before even starting
  • Picking a process that is unsustainable or has to be totally “perfect”
  • Executing inconsistently, making the swimmer believe the goal is flawed
  • Not evaluating, missing on valuable opportunities to improve

Your process, although it looks relatively simple on the outside, has a lot of moving parts, and ultimately, you are the one who has to be able to look at where things can be fine-tuned and tweaked.

But once you get a grip on how to build a process that works for YOU, oh boy…

Some pretty good things start to happen.

(Not the least of which is that you can happily part ways with the uncertainty and stress that comes with worrying incessantly over the uncontrollables…)

Unleash a process for the things you want to get better at

Whatever it is that you want to improve…

  • Building better nutrition habits
  • Leveling up your dryland game
  • Getting more distance and explosiveness off the start

There is a process for it.

Put one together for the things you want to get better at this year…

And ruthlessly fine-tune it.

With you on the journey,


About Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Olivier Poirier-Leroy is a former national level swimmer and the author of the books YourSwimBook and Conquer the Pool. He writes all things high-performance swimming, and his articles were read over 3 million times last year. His work has appeared on USA Swimming, SwimSwam, ZwemZa, STACK, NBC Universal, and more. He’s also kinda tall and can be found on Twitter.

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