So here I am, the day before I get in that water and swim like my life depends on it.

Despite my relative weakness in the water, I am simply choosing to believe that as a friend of mine assured me the other night, “Your adrenaline will kick in and before you know it, you will have done half the distance…”

I certainly hope so.

Whatever happens, the entire exercise of forcing myself to learn to swim properly (I use the word ‘properly’ loosely of course!) has been amazing. I bumped into another friend the other day and he has done a triathlon as well as other sporting events like that, and we may even end up helping each other out with our swimming techniques – given that you can’t really observe yourself whilst in the act itself.

So my question for you is simply this: What holds you back from doing something slightly or even radically differently?

I am still having to fight the voices that scream out, “I can’t do it!”

The only weapon against this tirade is the act of doing it…obviously.

Or, as the Blenheim Triathlon home page declares…

‘The only way to silence the voice of self-doubt… is to cross the start line’

I am trusting and believing that my own personal voice of self-doubt will be permanently silenced on Saturday.

Doubt kills...

What about yours?

For the last time of asking, sponsor me…


Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.