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Sink or Stay Still

by Samira Asemanfar

March 24, 2012 | 9:40 am

Natural sandbar by Fanning Island. Photo by Wikipedia/Dr. James P. McVey/NOAA Sea Grant Program

‘Sink or swim’ should be revised to ‘sink or stay still.’

A friend of mine likes to tell a funny story about his ‘near death’ accident in the Honduras. He was swimming in the ocean when he all of a sudden gets an abdominal cramp. Following a recent appendicitis surgery, he started panicking. He was unable to move his body from excruciating pain and his mind was drowning in thoughts of fear. He thought he was going to die out in the ocean. He could not swim or move. There were no life guards around. What an awful way to die. In survival mode, he decided to simply take a deep breath and try to relax. Deep breath in and deep breath out. He held his breath and submerged himself underwater. As his body relaxed underwater, he extended his legs to realize: he was able to reach the ground! Although he was way out from shore, the ground was still within reach.

The lesson: sometimes in order to save yourself in any situation, ‘swimming’ or planning a course of action, is not the best option. Staying still is.

As a business owner [and human being] I am learning every day that being aware and in touch with myself in any given situation is more valuable. Panicking and searching for a plan of action is no longer my go to method for dealing with challenges. The still awareness in any challenge will present me with a solution.

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After graduating from the Marshall School of Business at USC in 2004, Samira Asemanfar of Los Angeles California joined KPMG, LLP as an internal auditor and SOX compliance...

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