Swimming with the sharks …

If you didn’t hold yourself back so much with negative self-talk, what more could you accomplish with your life?

That’s a huge question for every human being, one we won’t know the full answer to until this life is over. But we can get an idea by challenging ourselves with the question and stepping out into greater risks.

There’s a story about a rich man who threw a party at his mansion. One of his pride-and-joys was his new saltwater pool in which were swimming various species of ocean fish.

Later that night, the rich man had his guests assemble along the edge of the pool as he proudly released into the water his new collection of great white sharks. As the sharks swam back and forth, the rich man offered one million dollars to anyone brave enough to swim across the width of the pool.

Suddenly there was a splash and someone began swimming across at a speed never seen before, not even in the Olympics. Then a man bounded out of the pool on the opposite side, completely out of breath. The rich man ran to him and congratulated him on his courage.

The tired swimmer said, “I only have one thing to say — WHO PUSHED ME?”

If you toned down your negative self-talk and gave yourself a little more push, what could you do?