I watched yesterday,
… as the exhausted 64-year-old stepped into history.
Diana Nyad had dreamed about that moment for more than three-and-a-half-decades…
And now, finally, on her 5th attempt, after nearly 53 hours in the water, she became the first person to complete the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
“I got three messages,” she said: “One is, we should never ever give up. Two is, you’re never too old to chase your dreams. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.”
(1) Never ever give up.
36 years, four failed attempts, 110 miles and 53 hours in the open sea…
How did she do it?
She told “CBS This Morning” that her mantra through the swim was “find a way.”
Referring to her journey, she said, “It doesn’t matter what you come up against because none of it’s going to be pleasant.”
“You’re suffering through the whole thing,” she said.
The moment I heard that, I remembered what Muhammad Ali said about his training:
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.”
Have you ever felt like giving up?
We all have…
It’s not that champions don’t feel like giving up, it’s that they find a way not to quit.
“All of us suffer difficulties in our lives,” Nyad continued. “And if you say to yourself ‘find a way,’ you’ll make it through.”
(2) “You’re never too old to chase your dreams…”
I turned 48 this year, it wasn’t fun.
I remember thinking back over my life, about the things I wanted to do and feeling a lot of regret…
I’ve had some success, I’m grateful for that, but I realized that I hadn’t gone after several of my most important dreams…
What I’ve always felt called to do with my life is inspire and equip others to live their God-inspired dreams…
I wanted to speak, create, act, sing and change things for good.
I think everyone has at least one of these epiphany moments in life…
Mine felt like an invitation…
I responded by setting several goals: act in a movie, professionally record as a singer, win the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking…
It was amazing what began to happen…
I just finished up my first movie, I’m starting vocal training this month,
I’ve had people suggest, in so many words, that I’m too old to start an acting career, too old for the music business or that I missed my prime as a speaker…
Whatever your age, it’s never too late!
Now is the time to remember your dream, rekindle your passion and go after your goals!
(3) “It looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.”
Every dream takes a team…
Even if it’s the one person in your corner cheering you on when no one else thinks you can.
I had a heart-to-heart talk the other night with a friend… it’s wasn’t an easy conversation, but it was necessary.
When is the last time you had this kind of conversation — a conversation about your dreams, goals and what it really takes to get there — with someone who can help you?
Take a moment right now to reply to this email (or in-box) and let me know what you need most…
What’s the dream of your heart?
What are your goals?
What are you working on right now?
What do you want to complete?
Where are you stuck?
What do you want help with right now?
Go ahead, I’m waiting to hear back,
P.S. If you’re committed to always find a way in your life, share this post with the word “Yes!”…