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  • Sam Decker

Do The Bellyflop You Fear

Growing up my father always quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain." Perhaps this was his favorite quote because he coached executive speaking…and studies say speaking is more feared than death!

Here’s a picture of my son launching into a bellyflop, who only two months ago was afraid of swimming without a vest. How he got to this level of comfort, I can’t say. It just happened day by day, risk after risk. One day he was floating, the next day swimming, and somewhere along the way he figured out the belly flop. I certainly didn’t teach him this!

Maybe you’ll remember this picture when you’re thinking of taking a risk, facing a challenge, or trying something new.

And as painful as this looks, he didn’t cry.


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