“It was not the fatigue or even the cold water that defeated me…”
When she looked ahead, Florence Chadwick saw nothing but a solid wall of fog. Her body was numb. She had been swimming for over sixteen hours.
At age 34, she wanted to be the first woman to swim from Catalina Island to the Californian coast. It was 1952 and millions watched on national television as Florence struggled in the frigid cold waters and dense fog. Her support boats with her trainer and mother encouraged her to continue on. Sharks cruised toward her body only to be driven away by rifle shots.
They told her it wasn’t much farther. They urged her not to give up. But all she could see was fog. With less than half a mile to shore, she quit.
Several hours later in front of a cluster of reporters she said: “It was not the fatigue or even the cold water that defeated me. It was the fog. I was unable to see my goal.”
Two months later, she tried again. This time despite the same dense fog, she swam with her faith intact and her dream clearly pictured in her mind.
She knew that somewhere beyond the fog was land. And this time she made it! She then became the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel and she even eclipsed the men’s time by TWO HOURS!
What is your Dream? (Even in the next 12-24 months)
- You may know it in your heart and mind…
but you must visualize it clearly, for the fog and the frigid waters of resistance are coming your way. Picture completion. Picture the finish line. It may be a BIG project like a new business opportunity, a meaningful relationship, or a healthy body. Get your vision in crystal clear living color! Lock it in!
- Just know everyone, everywhere, experiences the fog
There is one thing more powerful than the dense fog. A determined Dreamer. You might be in a foggy funk right now. But do not worry. You are not alone. Each of us hit a wall sometimes, but stay encouraged and…
- Try again!
I love the fact that Florence climbed back into those waters just two months later. You too can start again if you are stopped the first time.
Your dream is not too big for you!
Sometimes when we push through the quitting points, the fog will lift and we will see land. No matter where you find yourself, TRY AGAIN! All the great people have experienced failure. But only the great people will get up and try again despite their failure.
Try again to reach land, to realize your dream!
Come on, keep swimming!
You matter to me,