”Whenever you’re pushing through the tough moments, find a way. If something is important to you and it looks impossible and you’re up against it, step back for a minute and ask yourself if you have the resolve to think of every -nth degree to get through this. And most times, we do. You never are too old to chase your dreams. We should never, ever give up!” -Diana Nyad
Call me a dreamer but I was raised to believe you can be or accomplish anything you put your mind, heart and soul to. Excuses or even fear is a wall we create in blocking our own greatness. We determine our own successes and we alone are the only ones who can define our limitations. 2014 is another year to continue or begin to show ourselves we are capable of all the things we imagined, and all of it is possible, ALL OF IT if we just put forth the work…who is ready to join me in making dreams a reality!
Reflecting on 2013 and what I want to achieve in the new year, I recently was inspired by long distance swimmer Diana Nyad, who in 2013, on her fifth attempt, at age 64, became the first person confirmed to swim, 110 miles from Cuba to Florida, (without the aid of a shark cage)
Below learn more about Diana Nyad including her discussion with Ted.com as she share her thoughts on commitment, willpower and faith.
For ten years (1969-1979), Diana Nyad was known as the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. In 1979, she stroked the then-longest swim in history, making the 102.5-mile journey from the island of Bimini (Bahamas) to Florida. She also broke numerous world records, including what had been a 50-year mark for circling Manhattan Island, setting the new time of 7 hrs 57 min. She is a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
At age 60, having not swum a stroke in decades, she began planning for her white whale of distance swims: the 110-mile ocean crossing between Havana, Cuba and Key West, Florida. She’d tried it once, in her 20s, and severe jellyfish attacks had defeated her then. But now, with a strong team and a new commitment to her vision, she stepped back into the salt and in 2013, on her fifth attempt and at age 64, she became the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida (without the aid of a shark cage). Diana talks about how it feels to have finally done it. -via: Ted.com
Much love and Happy New Year!