I wanted to learn swimming since childhood but didn’t have access to any pools. Had my first set of official set of lessons when I was 25. For practice, I would swim whenever I had opportunities yet I lacked stamina. I did recognize it, so wanted to get better and kept making attempts to get better for about 15 years.
In 2015, spring I tried signing up for Scuba lessons with plans to go diving in summer. The requirements was to be able to swim 4 laps (200 meters) and tread water for 10 minutes. When I tested my-self, I found myself at barely 1 lap and al most zero minutes of water treading. Obviously, I could not take Scuba lessons.
But that gave me a goal to work towards in swimming – 4 laps nonstop and 10 minutes of water treading. Immediately I got to work and started practicing 3 days. I found myself watching youtube videos to learn water treading, talking to other swimmers at the pool to watch and help me get better. I continued even when the weather started getting cold. I fell sick due to weather change, stopped for 2-3 weeks and was back at the pool as I soon as I recovered. Continued thought the entire winter of 2015-16 – rain or shine with temperatures as low as 33 degrees Fahrenheit.
With ups and downs, 2 steps forward and 1 step forward, I started making progress. By beginning of 2106 spring, I was able to do 10 laps nonstop and up to 20 minutes of effortless water treading. I went way past my original goal. Had I not been marching towards that goal (of 4 laps and 10 minutes) I would still be phanting after a lap and would not have started on water treading.
Take Away for you : Whatever you have been meaning to do, start talking to people about, set goals and take that FIRST ACTION right now. The first step leads to the second, second leads to the third and in no time you find yourself in action. Just start…..