Tuesday, August 04, 2009

What’s Between You and Your Goal?

Dear Friends,

What’s Between You and Your Goal?

Do you know how to keep your eye on your goal – even when you can’t see it?

Florence Chadwick was an ace swimmer. She set a world record in 1950 when she swam across the English Channel from France in 10 hours and 20 minutes. The following year, she swam from England to France and made history as the first woman to swim the channel from both shores.

But in 1952, Florence learned a powerful lesson when she decided to swim the 26 miles between Catalina Island and Palos Verdes, California. The water was frigid that day and sharks trailed her. But these factors didn’t diminish Florence’s resolve; something else did.

After 15 hours of swimming in rough waters, there was no sign of the coastline – there was no sign of anything because fog had shrouded the area. With her goal out of sight, Florence lost the desire to continue and climbed aboard an escort boat, not realizing that she was less than half a mile from shore.

When asked why she decided to stop, she explained, “It was the fog. If I could have seen land, I could have finished. But when you can’t see your goal, you lose all sense of progress and you begin to give up.”

This setback was a set-up for a comeback, however. A few months later, Florence made another attempt to swim the same waters. The same thick fog set in, but this time she kept an image of the shoreline in her mind. And with her goal clearly “in sight,” Florence swam into a new world’s record.

Something to remember when shark-infested, rough waters are between you and your goal – or at least, it seems that way!

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Jeffrey Stanton ITI, CLC, CNE, CSSN, WOW
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