I simply was not prepared. I started my Memorial Day celebrations early and took some much needed time to rest. I enjoyed a wonderful church service, picked up an evening gown for a red carpet event for the following week and made it to the gym minutes before it opened. Protein shake in hand, bottle of water, swim goggles, etc., and I was ready. Swimming laps on my back one after one when, 15 minutes in, it hit me (queue the lack of preparation).
I transitioned from swimming on my back to on my stomach. I have being swimming for years so there is nothing unusual about this transition. Oddly enough, I tired quickly and struggled to make it to the end of that one lap. Passing the seven ft. mark, I was losing my breath, started taking in water and felt like I was going to drown. I had a few feet left but I felt panic trying to set it. I kept repeating to myself, “calm down, you’re no novice; just keep pushing, remain calm and you can rest when you get to the end”.
Well, obviously I made it to the end because I am sharing this lesson. What went wrong? I had not consumed enough calories for the task ahead of me. Oftentimes in our lives, we start with excitement, vision and passion with the end goal in sight without the proper equipment. We do not do our research or count the cost so, when we get to a certain point and feel overwhelmed, our first thought is quit. The reality is, in the heat of your fear, you need to encourage yourself, keep pushing and be determined to make it to the end.
After all, if I had quit in seven ft. of water with three more to go, what would the end result have been? I guarantee you, lifeguard or not, quitting would have done more harm than me pressing on. In the heat of your fear, how many times have you given up? What passions, goals, visions or destinies have you forfeited or let die? Want to go back and reclaim what is yours? Here’s a FREE kick start: