At St. Francis High School I needed to survival float for seven minutes in the pool to pass P.E. I have always had this aversion to getting my face wet, so obviously swimming is not my favorite past time.
Yes, I was born and raised on an island. I love the water. But I'm more of a back floater and dreamer. Let me look up at the clouds instead of getting water in my nose.
But I digress. Back to the St. Francis pool...
To get through the survival float, after doubt and trepidation and vicious debates with my Negative Internal Voices, I finally told myself I could do it. How? Sheer determination. I removed my contact lenses, took a deep breath, and silently sang Don McLean's American Pie in its entirety-- all eight minutes of it.
"Bye, bye Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the levy, but the levy was dry..."
It worked. Fear vanished and I got lost in the music in my head. I passed. And was really pleased with myself for doing something I was afraid that I could never do.
As the eloquent philosopher Henry David Thoreau once said, "The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in mind."
Hold your picture of success. You can do it. It's up to you.
Really, you can do anything you make up your mind to do.