I read a story of a young swimmer Florence Chadwick who In 1952, stepped into the waters of the Pacific Ocean off Catalina Island, determined to swim to the shore of mainland California.
The weather was foggy and
chilly; she could hardly see the boats escorting her. She swam for fifteen hours and begged to be taken out of the water along the way.
Her mother, in a boat alongside, told her she was close and that she could make it but, she stopped and was pulled out.
Just when she got onto the boat, she discovered the shore was less than half a mile away.
She said, “All I could see was the fog. I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it.”
Many times we too quit, not because we’re exhausted but because we focus too much on the fog and lose sight of the goal.
The fog situations could be worry, doubt, depression, unemployment, financial constraints, strained relationships etc.
Florence didn’t fail because she was tired, she failed because her focus was on the fog instead of the goal.
Keep your head up and don’t lose sight of the goal.