I saw the most beautiful example of persisting and not giving up last week at my daughter’s school swimming carnival.
At these events, you really do see all levels of capability. From kids that fly through the water through to children that look like it’s their first time in the pool.
There was one particular race that has stuck in my head since then. It was freestyle and all the swimmers had finished, apart from one little girl. She was probably only a quarter to a third of the way down the pool when everyone else had finished. She looked up at the other swimmers, looked to the side of the pool where a teacher was walking along encouraging her and put her head down and kept going.
And, she kept swimming all the way until she got to the end. The teacher checked in with her every time she stopped to make sure she was OK and wanted to continue. She’d just nod her head, put it back in the water and keep going.
She made it to the end, finished the race and got a huge applause from everyone watching.
For me, it was such a wonderful demonstration of determination, persistence and “I’m not stopping until I get there, no matter what people think of me or how long this takes me.”
Achieving a goal or achieving something you may not have thought possible is a wildly exhilarating thing. But unfortunately, I see too many people give up (or worse, not even start) with excuses of:
- It’s too hard
- I’m not good enough
- I’ll be judged
Of course there’s going to be anxiety and uncertainty and fear of failing but push yourself and keep going. Never give up. After all, you’ll never know how close you are to succeeding if you quit now.