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, it was easy to get discouraged and quit. When we want to quit we start saying that we have given all we have. No one could do more. That this far is good enough. That this is all that we 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
They discovered something important in the experiment of the biosphere in regards to trees. When they first planted them 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. 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.
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 how far he has gone. It epitomizes the strength that we have, but don’t know that we have in us. When we see a goal way down the field and what we have to go through to get there, our minds start in with the negative chatter.
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.
We all have amazing strength inside of us. We need to carry with us something inspirational that feeds our 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 we have already traveled. It could be the story of a family member. We all need the positive thinking of “I Can”, “I Will”, “I AM”, to remove the doubt 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.
Next time you’re stressed, take a step back, inhale and laugh. There is something about the breath disconnecting us 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, just keep moving forward. – it is always just 10 more steps. Just swim a little further. Don’t stop until you reach the finish line.
What gives us the courage to keep trying and stretching? It has to do with our ability to change and transform. It has to do with our 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