News From LBD
February 2010 Vol 2 Issue 2

Woman attempts swim record, cannot see the shore.

    When she looked ahead, Florence Chadwick saw nothing but a solid wall of fog. Her body was numb. She had been swimming for nearly sixteen hours.
    Already she was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, and now at age 34 her goal was to be the first woman to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast.
    On that Fourth of July morning in 1952, the sea was like an ice bath and the fog was so dense she could hardly see her support boats. Sharks cruised toward her lone figure, only to be driven away by rifle shots. Against the frigid grip of the sea, she struggled on, hour after hour, while millions followed her through international media outlets.
    Alongside in a boat, her mother and her trainer offered encouragement. They told her it wasn't much further. But all she could see was the fog. They urged her not to quit. She never had, until then. With only a half mile to go, she asked to be pulled out.
    Still thawing her chilled body several hours later, she told a reporter, "Look, I'm not excusing myself, but if I could have seen land I might have made it." It was not fatigue or even the cold that defeated her. It was the fog. She was unable to see her goal.
    Two months later she began again. In her preparation for this swim she studied pictures of her landing point. Despite the same dense fog, she swam with her faith intact, her goal clearly pictured in her mind, and she made it.  Florence Chadwick became the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel, eclipsing the men's record by two hours.
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    Have you heard the phrase, pictures speak louder than words? It has been said the conversion rate of pictures to words is
a thousand to one. In kindergarten we learned the art of "show and tell" to help us communicate more effectively.  We can also communicate to ourselves by visualization. Can you visualize where you want to be?
    You will be pleasantly surprised at the opportunities that will come your way, that will help you realize your goals when you start visualization regularly and seriously. Visualization works almost like a miracle. It amounts to sending a message to the universe - "this is my goal and I have achieved it."   
    Visualization is possibility thinking. So step beyond setting your goals and see them realized, first in your mind and then,out there!

John Branstad
John Branstad


"Everything in this world is created twice, first in the mind and then out there."
Harsh Sharma

John Branstad