Habit vs. Hard Work[edit | edit source]

Which response best answers the question of "What is the difference between habit and hard work?"

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I believe there is a big line between habit and hard work, because if it was a habit to work hard would it really be, “hard work” or, would it just be a routine? I think that a habit is getting up every morning and getting ready for swim and it can either be a habit to just jump in the pool and swim, or it can be hard work to get after it in the pool and try your hardest trying to reach the goals you set. The where a habit stops is when you want to quit because it’s hard but you don’t you keep going and trying. That’s where hard work comes in is right after you go past the limit you set for yourself and you are wanting to literally kill yourself but then after that set you feel pride because you know you had the option to just not try.

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The line between hard work and habit is when people stop pushing through a hard set and start falling asleep during backstroke. Hard work is something that is a conscious effort throughout practice no matter what. Habit is “just getting through”. Hard work is different for everyone. It could be six dolphin kicks for one person, but 8 for another. It’s not a matter of being the best, it’s about bettering yourself continuously. In my opinion, knowing when you stop working hard is when you start absentmindedly doing things. You can leave a set unfinished, but it have been the hardest you’ve ever worked, but when you finish the set well rested or bored or without coming away better than you were before, then it has become habit.

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When you go to practice and just "go through the motions", that is habit. When you just float through and naturally do things, it is a habit. But when you are more engaged in practice and you put effort, muscle, brain power, or any other thing that isn't natural, it becomes hard work. Hard work is when you swim the 25 and really think about what your body is doing and habit is just "floating" through the water. Hard work is crawling out of the pool breathless after swimming your race and really listening to coaches critiques of your swim, habit is getting out of the pool and just nodding along when coach talks.

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When you realize that your habits are getting you to a goal and you begin to work harder, that is when it becomes hard work! When you begin setting goals for yourself and striving to reach one that is when habit ends and hard work begins! Hard work differs but has the same effect on everyone, some use more mental strength while others fight for muscular benefits! When you find yourself inching closer to not just your goal, but to your dream; that is when you have jumped/slipped from one to the other!

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