5 Lessons About Being Successful From my Almost Drowning Experience
Being successful doesn’t come easy, does it?
I was always someone who prided herself on being a mentally strong woman, who cannot be stepped on by anyone. From my childhood, I was always a very headstrong and opinionated child, who had numerous questions about how something was and why it was the way it was! It used to drive my parents absolutely crazy.
But, then a few years back, I had a life-changing experience.
I was surfing, when my surfboard was knocked out by a ferocious wave and submerged me in the deep ocean. Before I could do anything, I realized that I was drowning. But, who had thought that my drowning in the sea will push me towards being successful?
“Is this how I die?” The sheer reality of my situation sent me into a panic. I knew I was in deep sh%t. There were no surfers near me, I was far from shore, and caught in a double riptide in the Pacific Ocean.
I had two choices
give up and drown
or fight to live.
I chose to fight.
In business & life you have two choices:
- Allow yourself to be overcome by the demands of your work or
- Conquer your responsibilities.
5 Lessons I Learnt About Being Successful from my life threatening experience.
Intentionally conquering your responsibilities with confidence may seem difficult, but these 5 lessons that I learned from almost drowning can help anyone achieve success in business & life:
1. Make A Decision
When I realized that no one could hear me scream for help, and no one knew where I was — I had to make a decision. If I let the panic set in I was definitely going to die. I had to quickly scan the water to see if there was anything I could use to get myself to safety. Luckily there was a rock outcropping a few feet away. I quickly decided that I would throw my body onto the rocks and grasp onto them to pull myself out of the riptide.
“Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.” —Tony Robbins
In business & Life, you have been able to think fast. When an opportunity arises you must quickly assess risk and reward. You have to know what you want to do and be confident in doing it. Spending to much time weighing all the pros and cons could cause you to miss out on a life-changing opportunity. I had less than 1 minute to make a choice to fling my body onto the rocks, If I’d waited any longer I would’ve drowned.
2. Commit to Your Plan of Action
Success requires 100% commitment. Once I decided to throw myself on to the rocks, I had to commit to that plan of action wholeheartedly. I had to be confident that my plan would work, remain calm, and take action. I had to risk it all if I was going to commit, so I timed the waves and threw my body onto the sharp barnacle-covered rock.
“A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” – Colin Powell
Growth requires risk. Risk can be scary and it’s unavoidable. Whether your business is running your household, working with clients to provide a service or creating a product – it is imperative that you commit to your plan of action. Half-hearted commitment leads to unpredictable results.
Once you make a decision you have to fully commit to that course of action. If I had not committed fully to throwing myself on the rocks, I could’ve easily flailed around for a while eventually getting tired and drowning.