1) Those who sit on the beach all day and never go in.
2) Those who walk up to the water but only dip their toes in or get partially wet.
3) Those who dive in head first.
This often is a reflection of how people approach new opportunities, including switching careers or starting a business. Many say they don’t like where they are, yet they never get up and test the waters. Others dip their toes in but decide it’s too cold, the waters are too rough, or maybe they fear that it’s just too dangerous. After all, there have been numerous reports of shark attacks this summer (none in South Carolina that I’m aware of).
However, some of us just can’t sit still and do nothing all day. We have to keep moving and we like adventure, so we dive in head first. Yes, I’m in category 3. How about you?
After my accident four years ago, going into the ocean was not an option. Getting tossed around by waves is not a good prescription for someone with whiplash and multiple injuries. It was really hard for this avid swimmer and diver to be a “toe dipper”. That described my business and my life at that time. I was just standing on the shoreline watching the waves (and my life) pass me by.
It wasn’t a very good feeling. I knew I needed to move ahead but I wasn’t sure how. The “What if’s” and feelings of failure would surface. They’d overpower me like a crushing wave and I frequently found myself caught in the undertow. At one point, I began to doubt if I could get back up.
This summer, I decided I was ready to get back into the ocean and even return to body surfing. Riding the waves is a lot like starting something new. Here are a few tips to help you stop hesitating and get back in the game:
1) Determine a good starting point. Watch for the good waves and stay right in front of them.
2) Then, get ahead of the curl and swim like crazy! You may feel some undertow but don’t panic!
3) If you want to succeed, you need to go with the flow, point straight ahead, and ride the wave all the way out.
Are you paying attention?
It’s also important to watch to see how the waves are breaking. Currents often change and this causes the waves to split in different directions. If you’re not paying attention, you may get slammed by a powerful wave or you’ll find yourself between the waves where there isn’t any action at all.
The waves will keep rippling, whether you’re in the ocean or not. Are you just going to stand on the shore? Or are you going to dive in?
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Dori Staehle lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. She has been a swimmer for many decades, an entrepreneur and speaker for 20 years, and a drum chick for 9. To book Dori for a speaking or drumming event or drum healing, click here.