I was 4 years old and at a family cookout, swimming in the pool. When no one was watching, I decided that I wanted to try and climb out of the pool using the ladder that was on the deep end. I remember using my tip toes to follow a ring around the deep end that was just high enough, I could keep my head above water.
Then, in the blink of an eye, my foot slipped and I sank to the bottom of the deep end. I remember being so scared, I couldn’t breathe and being to young to understand death, I just worried about getting air.
Then a large splash entered the water and a family member threw their arms around me and pull me to the very ladder I was trying to get to. Half a dozen people were their to fetch me from the water immediately and all I remember was coughing and finding it hard to breathe even out of the water.
I did catch my breathe and began to feel just as I had before I went under. However, that day has stayed with me for 34 years, as I developed a fear of water, swimming pools and lakes.
This Father’s Day weekend, and keeping in the routine of changing my life, I faced that fear and won! My family went to a lake in central Illinois, where I got on a boat for the first time in 30 years and swam in the lake twice for the first time ever! The result of that grind to face my challenge…the reward of having a great time on the water with my sons!
As with any setback, fear or doubt in life, if you feel like you can do it then you must meet that which is holding you back, head on and watch your reward reveal itself on the other side. Success is grown with a constant push against basic and average. For me, this weekend was about taking my mindset to the next level and I did it! Even when taking a break from your routine, you have to be in ‘change’ mode! Have a great week ahead everyone!