Mental Endurance

Mental Endurance

Back in my youth [not that long ago!] I did a lot of competitive swimming which included endurance races covering several kilometres.

This meant travelling to bodies of water I wasn’t familiar with, suffering a variety of horrible illnesses due to swallowing contaminated water and putting up with fish chewing my toes as I swam.  On two occasions I suffered hypothermia which made me want to just give up and go to sleep right there and then.

Sounds fun?

Not really but it was a challenge and I wanted to push myself physically and mentally.  I loved and still love a challenge.

I did a lot of those swims over a number of years and I had to train in a freezing cold lake which was romantically called ‘The Blue Lagoon’.  There was nothing romantic about training in icy waters that made me so cold I couldn’t get dressed properly when I got out.  But, I still did my training week after week and I never, ever gave up.  I was the only person on the team who completed all of the swims they entered.

I may not have always been the fastest but I always finished.

My mentality has always been that if I start something then I will see it through.   When I was swimming I just focussed on getting to a certain point around the course like a rock or a tree in the distance.  I didn’t allow myself to get overwhelmed by how far away the finish line was because: –

  • I knew I had trained myself properly and laid the foundations for my success;
  • When the fish started chewing at my toes, I just shook them off and carried on;
  • When I knew hypothermia was setting in, I made sure I swam next to the rescue boat and talked to someone to keep me focused;
  • When the thought of what ‘lies beneath’ the water started to freak me out I told myself there was nothing in the water that could kill me and safety divers were there to help me if got into difficulties.

There were many other swimmers who were physically stronger than I was, but many of them just gave up because it got ‘too cold’.  I remember thinking that I would never allow myself the option to give in.

My mental endurance and strength always saw me through.  I set the intention that I was going to complete what I started come what may.

The same mindset and the ability to endure obstacles applies to our own lives and whether we’re prepared to put in what it takes to make the changes we want.  We have to ‘shake off’ the fears, seek help and support from those who have trodden the path before us and not allow ourselves to be ‘freaked out’ by the unknown.

Seeing something through to its completion separates you from the countless others who just want a ‘get rich quick’ scheme.  That’s why there is only a small percentage of entrepreneurs in the world because most folk just give up too easily.  If you’re reading this then it’s clear that you’re different to ‘the rest’ so you’re further down the entrepreneurial journey than you think so let me be the first to congratulate you.

Mental strength and endurance are hallmarks of the entrepreneur and part of the journey we all must travel in order to achieve the success, freedom and lifestyle YOU want.  All you have to do to go further than everyone else is to just never quit!

Remember:  Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win

I wish you every success for your digital future!

Rachel A Hill LLB [Hons]

Digital Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Private Tutor and Author


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