Archive for the ‘Kaizen’ Category

Start Where You Are
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on December 22nd, 2012

Starting where you are is a way to banish labels like ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ or ‘good’ and ‘bad.’

META-Learning: Who Would You Rather Have As A Teacher–Phelps or Shinji?
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on December 4th, 2012

Shinji improved at swimming in nearly the exact opposite way that Michael Phelps did. But his learning process offers lessons for Everyone.

Will Michael Phelps Change How YOU Swim?
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on August 5th, 2012

Will the legacy of Michael Phelps change how you swim? Will you also strive to expand your mastery?

by Terry Laughlin

Posted on July 28th, 2012

In regular posts over the next 10 days, I’ll share thoughts that help make the super-human performances of the world’s best swimmers relatable to the ‘average’ swimmers–including those who may be inspired this week to begin a swimming journey. Many of these posts will focus more on how Olympians think, than how they stroke. This can often be of far greater value.

While the mainstream media will handicap the races — breathlessly speculating whether Lochte or Phelps will win the 400 IM– or look for human interest stories, I’m less interested in outcomes or personalities, than in what we can learn from Olympic swimmers that can positively impact our own swimming. And we can often draw more valuable insights from how Olympic swimmers think than how they stroke.

Shinji’s Story: How he became the World’s Most Graceful Swimmer
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on June 15th, 2012

Shinji is both the #1 Most Graceful Swimmer in the world and the #1 Self-Coached Swimmer–the embodiment of Kaizen. How does Shinji describe himself? “Just a middle-aged average swimmer who tries to improve every day.”

Congratulations Shinji — #1 Swimmer on Youtube!
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on June 12th, 2012

How did a mid-40s ‘average guy’ who only began swimming in his late 30s become the #1 Swimmer on Youtube?

Guest Post: Olympic Swimmer Finds “Magic” in TI Practice
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on June 10th, 2012

Anna Karin Lundin, an Olympic swimmer in 1988 and a Masters World Champion, is swimming better than she ever dreamed possible, with TI. But she’s even more excited about discovering the joys of mindful purposeful TI Practice.

Swim like Sun Yang ‘in your dreams.’ No, Really!
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on April 19th, 2012

When you focus intently you tell your brain that what you’re doing is a ‘high value activity.’ The brain will then continue to encode a skill or solution while you sleep.

Guest Post: The Best Time to Start Swimming (TI) is Now
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on March 17th, 2012

At 27 Kyoko couldn’t swim at all. At 32 she learned TI. Five years later she is changing lives by teaching others to set and achieve goals.

Use TI Practice to prepare for any significant life challenge
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on February 22nd, 2012

How many non-swimming sports or fitness activities can develop broadly-beneficial behavioral and thinking patterns?