This past Sunday, we had 1988 Olympic gold medallist, Duncan Armstrong share his inspiring story with our church.

He has a very powerful story about the difference that the love of God has made in his life and also shared some insights into his success as a swimmer.

One of the stories that he shared described the motivation techniques of his eccentric coach Laurie Lawrence.

When Armstrong first joined Lawrence’s squad of swimmers, he started at the bottom in lane one.

Lawrence used 6 lanes for his swimmers.  The beginners started at lane one and as they developed and improved would move up.

Lane six was the ultimate aim.  It was called the “Green and Gold Lane” because the prerequisite for joining this lane was that you had to be in the Australian squad.

This was the goal for every swimmer and every day, every member of the squad saw those in lane six go through their training regime.

It was no coincidence that the top swimmers were the hardest trainers and the most disciplined athletes, the ideal role-models for the others.

Armstrong described this as a very powerful motivator, with one eye on lane six every training session.

He could see what he was aiming for, he could see those who had made it there and he could see the sacrifices that it took to become a champion swimmer.

Of course, we know the ending.

Armstrong’s vision of joining the Australian swimming squad became a reality and he went on to win a gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games.

What’s your vision?

What do you aspire to become?

Is it in front of you every day, or at the back of your mind?

Is there a way that you can write it down or pictorially represent it so that you always have a glimpse of your “lane six” wherever you are?

Many high achievers have found a way to keep their vision, dreams and goals in sight at all times as a powerful motivator.

It could be the difference between paddling in the kid’s pool for the rest of your life and swimming in the fast lane, so why not give it a try?

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