This is the kick-off of my Monday Morning Inspiration Series. Every Monday, I will post about something that inspires me to get through the week. I hope it inspires you as well.
My inaugural post is about Diana Nyad, the woman who swam non-stop from Cuba to Key West, Florida in 2013. Crazy right? I thought so at the time. I mean, why would someone want to do that?
Diana was no stranger to long distance swimming. In 1975 she swam around Manhattan island in just under 8 hours. In 1978 she made her first attempt at the Cuba to Key West swim, but was pulled out by doctors on her team after covering about 76 miles in 42 hours. 33 years after her first attempt, she would go on to make 3 more attempts between 2010 and 2012 and finally succeeding on her 5th attempt in 2013, after swimming 53 hours.
To be clear, her accomplishment does not want me to jump in the water and retrace her route from Cuba to Florida, or any other long distance swim for that matter. I like to swim, but after about a mile doing laps in the pool, I'm done.
What I admire is her perseverance. She started her journey when she was 28. She completed it when she was 64. That's right....64. Dam. She had a dream and she never gave up trying to get to her finish line. In her TED talk, Never Ever Give Up she says:
"You have a dream and you have obstacles in front of you, as we all do. None of us ever get through this life without heartache, without turmoil, and if you believe and you have faith and you can get knocked down and get back up again and you believe in perseverance as a great human quality, you find your way."
Diana believed in herself and her dream, and that gave her the strength to persevere until she accomplished her goal. I admire that. She showed, through example, how our beliefs drive our behaviors. In other words, if you know your beliefs and live them, your behaviors will match. This holds true for both negative and positive beliefs. Your beliefs can be your hidden source of strength....or what's holding you back. What you believe about your life will make it better or worse. With that in mind, doesn't it make sense to examine and turn around our negative beliefs?
Diana also taught us that age is not a barrier. That age is not an indicator of potential, performance, or skills. I jumped into being a first time entrepreneur in my late 50s doing something I wasn't sure I was ready for. It was a little scary, and I wondered if I was too old to start this new chapter in my life, but I did it anyway. And here I am.
Be who you want to be and believe in yourself. Thank you Diana, for your inspiration.
Until next time,