Katie Spotz, a 22 year old from Ohio, recently rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean, setting new records in the process. The journey from Dakar, Senegal to Georgetown, Guyana took 70 days, 5 hours and 22 minutes. Yes, she rowed alone, in a small boat, across the Atlantic Ocean! (see: http://rowforwater.com/)
Listen to Katie Couric’s congratulatory report, and pay particular attention to Katie Spotz’ comments at the end of the video:
Impressive, eh? Katie notes that it is often the individual that holds him or herself back from new accomplishments. Would you say that is true? In my estimation, most impediments to progress – for the individual and for a group of individuals such as a family, a company or a nation – are, as Katie mentioned, self-imposed.
What stops you? Confidence? Motivation? Follow-through? Lethargy? Anxiety? I’m sure there are as many reasons as there are people on earth. The question is, what can you do about it, now? While I don’t anticipate rowing across the Atlantic myself, I know that developing the habits and elements of character that constrain to victory will eventually produce momentum, which is often your greatest ally when faced with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle.
Victory is available to anyone and everyone. It rarely comes freely and it often requires patience, vision, persistence and strategic thinking. No matter what challenges you face in life, you have the means of overcoming, of establishing a victory.
I once heard a U.S. Marine say “you don’t lose until you quit trying.” How true that is!
Have a Happy Easter.