Never Doubt Yourself
In 1952 Florence Chadwick, who had swum the English Channel, tried to swim from Catalina Island to the California coastline. After about 15 hours a thick fog set in and she didn’t think that she could make it. After another hour she asked to be pulled into the boat, giving up. She found out she had stopped one mile from her destination. She later swam the Catalina Channel several times. To face the doubt down, you just have to keep going.
When she looked at how far she had left to go in her imagination, (since the fog prohibited her from seeing the coastline in front of her) it was easy to get discouraged and quit. When you want to quit you start thinking and saying ” I have given all I have”. “No one could do more”. “This far is good enough”. “This is all I can take or handle”.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Something important was discovered in the experiment of the biosphere, in regards to trees. When they first planted the trees they were really excited to see the growth of the trees and how healthy they seemed. But what they discovered was that without the winds creating resistance for the trees as they grew, their root systems were very shallow and they couldn’t support their upward growth. They all eventually fell down because the roots couldn’t hold the tree upright. The same is true for us.
“No magic potions. No fairy dust. No one to do it for you. Just me, I will push you, show you how to put one determined foot in front of the other. That’s what I do. I am inside you . . . , I’m called your inner strength. Dig deep down and find me” – Unknown
Have you seen the death crawl scene in the movie, “Facing the Giants”? The high school football player is blindfolded so that he can’t see. Then another player is placed on the football players back. He has to crawl on his hands and knees with the weight of that player. The purpose of the blindfold is so that he can’t see how far he has gone. When you can see how far you have gone, the tendency is to discount it. You start looking for reasons to quit, because it is too hard. It epitomizes the strength that you have hidden inside of you. The strength you hide from yourself, so that you don’t know that it’s even there.
“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what” – Harper Lee
When you see a big goal way down the field and what you have to go through to get there, your mind will start in with the negative chatter. Your mind will find a million reasons, perfect logical reasons, why you can’t do it. All words describing how it is impossible. Your friends and family will probably jump on the bandwagon saying that you would be crazy to even attempt it. Why start something doomed to failure?
“Are you feeling a bit shaken, may be stirred, may be fearful and doubtful and completely, utterly, wildly terrified? Good. Keep going” – Victoria Erickson
In the movie, when the football player goes past the 50 yard line the coach gets excited. Like a good coach he sees that the player has the strength to go further. He starts crawling in front of him, saying 10 more steps, 10 more steps until the player collapses saying he can’t go farther and it must be that he is at the 50-yard line. In fact, he is in the end zone and just carried another player on his back the entire football field. Something that everyone, the coach, the other players and the boy would have said was impossible.
“Sometimes it is not the lack of ability, but the lack of confidence that prevents us from achieving what we really want. Sometimes it’s doable, but self-doubt makes it impossible” – QuotesEmpire.com
You have amazing strength inside of you. You need to carry inside yourself something inspirational that feeds your soul and spirit to keep going. It could be a past victory. There are many inspirational movies, Rudy, The Rocky Series, this film and I am sure you have your own list that you could continue with. It could be looking at the miles you have already traveled. It could be the story of a family member. Everyone needs the positive thinking of “I Can”, “I Will”, “I AM”, to shove aside the doubts and keep going forward into the end zone.
“To be a star you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is where the stars shine the brightest” – Unknown
Next time you’re stressed, take a step back, inhale and laugh. There is something about the breath that can disconnect you from strong emotions. The old adage, count to 10 works for this reason.
- Think before you speak.
- You can take back a thought, you can’t unspeak the words.
- Remember who you are and why you are here.
- You’re never given anything in this world that you cannot handle.
- Even when it feels like you have been broken, you are still ok.
- Be strong, be flexible, love yourself and have compassion for yourself and others.
- Always remember to just keep moving forward, – it is always just 10 more steps.
- Like Dory in “Finding Nemo”, in the face of adversity, just keep swimming.
- Don’t stop until you reach the finish line.
“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome” – Unknown
What gives us the courage to keep trying and stretching? It has to do with your ability to change and transform. It has to do with your attitude and definitions are around what transformation really means.
“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?” – Lao Tzu
See the death crawl video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sUKoKQlEC4