Double Commonwealth champion Adam Peaty thinks the pressure of being the man to beat could prove the catalyst for more success in 2015.
The 20-year-old enjoyed a sensational 2014 which saw him announce himself to the world with double gold and a silver medal at Glasgow 2014.
While that might have been enough for most, Peaty was just getting started and won four gold medals at the European Championships in Berlin.
With success however comes pressure and Peaty will be the man everyone wants to beat at next week’s national championships.
But he says he is looking to shine under pressure and put himself in the perfect position to attack the World Championships in Russia this summer.
“I have plenty of people around me to keep me grounded so my heads not in the clouds off the back of last year, which is a good thing,” he said.
“And for me it is all about getting my head down and working hard to make a big impression at the World Championships and things are looking good to do exactly that.
“I am feeling very confident heading down to London as I am already swimming my fastest times at this stage of a year which bodes well.
“But I am not putting too much pressure on myself just yet as first and foremost it is all about qualifying.
“I need a little bit of pressure to perform and I actually thrive off pressure as I like to show the world what I can really do, so that doesn’t really bother me and hopefully it will spur me on to go even faster.”
Despite still having to earn a spot on the British team for the World Championships, Peaty could be excused for already having one eye on Russia.
But the youngster admits that he is not about to get ahead of himself, insisting there are always tweaks to be done.
“I am far from the finished article and I know there is still plenty I need to work on and improve on,” he added.
“My pull outs and transitions are a lot stronger this year than last so hopefully that will help me go even faster this time around.
“I want to swim fast this season ahead of next year’s Olympics so I will be doing all I can to ensure I bring my time down even more.”