Live All Out

I was a really bad swimmer.

In fact, at one point I was the third worst swimmer in the state of Utah.

But that all changed one day during a race that lasts less than 30 seconds.

The 50 yard freestyle is the shortest race in swimming, it’s the race you swim when you’re the best of the best or not capable of swimming anything further. I was the latter of the two.

It was November of 2002 when I dove in the water and began to swim my heart out. At the 25 yard mark I turned around to sprint the final 25 yards. Out of the corner of my eye I saw my competition in the lane next to me; he was just a yard or two in front of me.

For the first time in my swimming career I believed at that moment that I could actually beat that guy. So you know what I did? I tried harder.

You’ll never guess what happened. I caught up to him, but I didn’t beat him.

We tied.

So what’s the lesson I learned?

What would have happened if I would have believed I could have beat that guy at the beginning of the race? What if I had made the decision to beat him 25 yards earlier?

I would have won.

All along I believed I was swimming my hardest, but the reality is, I wasn’t.

That day I began an amazing journey, and 18 months later I was in the top 5 in the state and set a new school record that still stands today.

The only thing holding myself back was me.

So what about you? Is there something holding you back?

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