When you think about your life and the challenges you face it’s not common to think about the sports of Rowing or Rafting. These are sports where you only reach the finish line by being consistent, putting forth great effort, and never taking your oars out of the water. In rowing and rafting continuous movement is how you get to where you’re going—and often how you stay alive.
In life you often take our oars out of the water—putting a complete stop to our progress. If our initial efforts are not met with success you question our direction. You slow down our pace and begin to think that maybe you shouldn’t keep going. This can be true whether the efforts are going toward a college degree, a new business, a highly sought after promotion, or getting healthy and losing weight. You start out strong and motivated with our oars hitting the water with intention and force. But somewhere in the middle you lose our enthusiasm and begin to question whether the outcome is worth the effort—or whether you can really reach our goal at all. Then you just stop padding and give up.
In rowing or rafting what would happen if the participants gave up—if they just stopped paddling? They would end up stranded in the water….just sitting idle…or worse. They could be headed toward a waterfall. Then what?
Rafting and rowing are a lot like life. The urge to give up will hit you. It will hit you hard.
So, what do you do? You don’t stop padding—you paddle HARDER!
When the urge to quit or give up creeps into your mind just dig in and paddle harder. Visualize the finish line, focus your efforts, and just keep paddling. It’s the ones that don’t give up that will be rewarded with victory.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison