Carlos Dinares Tip #285: The SNOWBALL effect in ROWING and LIFE

Have you ever heard about the SNOWBALL EFFECT? If you look on the dictionary this is what you find:
“descriptive of an entity or situation where something once small and relatively insignificant grows exponentially at a swift pace, engulfing everything in its path. A more dramatic progression than the classic domino effect. The basic workings of a literal snowball effect can be illustrated by taking one’s average baseball-sized snowball and dropping it down the side of a snowy hill. As it descends it gathers more snow and whatever leaves, sticks, etc. are in its way. The snowball accumulates not only size, but speed”

Ok let’s start getting on the detail and giving some examples of where I’m going with that.

The idea here is to make it simple and take some very simple examples of our daily life and how much impact they have on us and how they follow the snowball effect.

1) I’m stressed out because of work, studies, family, friends…. All that has a direct effect on my rowing and training. This extra stress will take energy from me, will take time from me, will drain my energy and time. That will have a DIRECT EFFECT on the quality and quantity of my training.

2) I’m doing too much everyday. I’m too busy and just making it. All that has a direct effect on my rowing and training. This extra stress will take energy from me, will take time from me, will drain my energy and time. That will have a DIRECT EFFECT on the quality and quantity of my training.

3) I don’t have time to cook my own food. I don’t have time to go get good food for me. I don’t have time to eat properly. All that has a direct effect on my rowing and training. this extra stress will take energy from me, will take time from me, will drain my energy and time. That will have a DIRECT EFFECT on the quality and quantity of my training.


We can see that many of us follow these 3 points listed above. We are running around all day long, stressed out and not eating well enough. All these things have a HUGE SNOWBALL EFFECT on our training, PERFORMANCE and ROWING TECHNIQUE.

I can assure you that when you sleep well, eat well and have time for yourself to train well and recover, you IMPROVE SO MUCH FASTER. Also you keep healthier and younger.

Something that many of us forget is that our numeric age doesn’t correspond to the age of our body. We can be 40 years old and look like a 35 years old or a 45 years old. There you have a window of 10 years of life time that is totally related to the way you live and what you do. I’m a big believer that quality of life and time for yourself is key to be successful in life and many of us forget of it because of this crazy pressure of society to succeed at something.

If you are excited to row and want to row better and faster and feel better with yourself, before you obsess too much about your rowing itself, look at your life and decide what you can do to have more time and energy for yourself. The reality is that it is your life and what you do everyday is your choice.

Don’t let others tell you what is good and bad, what is good for you. Decide by yourself what matters the most for you and take action. If you want to row faster and better and feel better with yourself, slow down and save energy for you.

The SNOWBALL EFFECT can work also the positive way. Think about how fast your life can change if you start making changes in your life tomorrow that really impact your life. Everyday you will feel stronger, better and happier.

After you make those changes and you have more energy and time for you is when you can start thinking about training smarter and better to be the best you can be!

The SNOWBALL EFFECT can make your teeth look good or bad… It depends of what you do with your time ….


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