Self-Talk Has the Power to Build You up or Break You Down – The Choice Is Yours

Courtesy of Restoic, a SwimSwam partner.

How do you practice constructive self-talk to reframe your inner-dialogue and perform under pressure more consistently? 

In elite swimming, fine margins separate the good from the truly great. Modern training is both advanced and holistic resulting in very little difference between the physical and technical attributes of competitors.

However, one great differentiator remains – the mind. And more specifically to this article, your inner voice.

Will Hart, PhD, renowned professor at the University of Alabama uncovered how, “the language you use to describe your situation in sport or in life determines how you actually see it, experience it, and participate in it.”

In other words, what separates the best from the rest is the elite swimmer has the ability to steer their inner monologue in the right direction and wrestle it away from the doubtful subconscious mind. They have learned how to reframe things and as such, are able to overcome setbacks more efficiently.

Sport Psychologists and mental performance coaches aim to provide athletes with these tools to ensure that destructive self-talk doesn’t ultimately impact the outcome of a competition. But until now, their services have been out of reach for the vast majority of athletes.

Simply put, this is due in part to a lack of access and the cost associated as the average session with a Sport Psychologist ranges from $150-$300.

“Is there a better way for athletes of all levels to gain the same benefits of their professional counterparts at a price they can afford?” 

This is the question which the team at Restoic asked as they began the development of the Restoic App which is now being utilized by Olympic gold medalists and Division 1 swimmers alike. Testimonials include:

  • “The Restoic App has helped me effectively visualize, calm my mind, relax my nerves, and stay focused in the biggest moments.” – Tom Shields, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist
  • “Restoic is my “go to” resource on race day. The Restoic App is a tool that helps ease my nerves and regain focus through the help of meditation, binaural beats, and self-talk exercises. Using Restoic, I know that I’m always ready to compete at the highest level.” – Elise Garcia, Swimmer at UC Berkeley

Using positive self-talk for stress and anxiety relief

Like any other skill, improving your self-talk takes time and a commitment to improvement. Oftentimes, knowing how to start is the first step and with this in mind, we encourage you to try Restoic’s free 14-day self-talk challenge for yourself:


This exercise will effectively shift your mindset towards improving self-belief so that confidence becomes second nature. There is no purchase necessary as we strongly believe that experience is the best teacher.

Once you’ve seen for yourself the power of the words you choose to speak to yourself, the Restoic App is available to answer the #1 question most individuals and teams have after receiving a presentation regarding this subject matter, “what’s next?”

Give the gift of mental fitness 

At $69.99 per year, the Restoic App is available in the Google Play and Apple App Stores at a price point which strives to lower the barriers of entry for most athletes. That said, through the end of 2021, SwimSwam readers can take advantage of an additional $20 discount when purchasing using the following link:


Interested in trying out the Restoic App prior to purchasing it for yourself or another swimmer in your life? Follow these instructions to unlock 7-days of free trial access:

  • Step 1: Sign up for Restoic using this link:
  • Step 2: Enter VIP code SWIMSWAM (after entering your email/password)
  • Step 3: Enter your mobile number and receive a download link to the app via one-time text message
  • Step 4: Sign in to review Restoic’s premium app free

This limited time offer is only available in 2021, so act now!


Restoic is mental training made simple. Trusted by elite swimmers, coaches, and teams to provide a holistic approach to mental health and performance.

Train your mind like the pros using game-tested, scientific solutions which include: The Restoic App, Digital Coaching, and Restoic for Teams.

Ready to experience peak performance in and out of the pool?

COACHES: For a limited time, ASCA members can opt into an exclusive offer for $500 per year that provides club-wide access to the Restoic App. Under this plan, every swimmer within your club will have annual access to the mobile app, which is normally $69.99 per athlete per year.


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