I believe in dreaming big. It doesn’t satisfy me to have small dreams.”
If you haven’t heard the news, Diana Nyad just did something amazing. On Monday September 2nd, 2013 she completed a world record 110 mile open water swim from Cuba to Key West Florida, non stop in just under 53 hours. She did it without a shark cage and she did it at age 64! It was her fifth attempt at the swim. Her first attempt was in 1978 at age 28. Not only did she accomplish her big dream, but she inspired the world- including me. I want to share the top 5 things that inspired me from Diana during her recent interviews and press conferences.
1. Don’t give up: “People give up too quickly”, she noted in an interview with Robin Roberts the day after her historic swim. I agree. I see it all the time. The best of the best keep going, when it’s tough, when it’s easy, when they’re scared and when they’re comfortable. They just keep going. So can you. Have a mantra to turn to when it gets tough. Diana shared that she had a mantra to help inspire her “Find the Resolve to Solve your Challenges”. I’m a big fan of mantras. I have a morning mantra that I read every morning in order to inspire me, guide me and help me be my best and get after my big dreams. What is your morning mantra? Think about it. Write it down. Put it in your phone or an index card and look at it every day.
2. Failure is part of the journey: Diana noted that if she had not failed in her first attempt over 30 years ago, then she may not have had this dream to fulfill when she was 64. When we have a failure, we can use it as inspiration. It doesn’t have to be an end point. A detour does not mean get out of the car and lie down. Look at failures as detours, as part of the journey.
3. Don’t waste time: I have said that time is the most valuable asset that we have. It is the one thing that you cannot get more of or recreate no matter who you are or how much money you make. You can’t buy it. It is not a renewable resource. Once it’s gone, it’s one. Don’t waste it. Be super conscious about how you’re spending your time. Any time wasted was time that you could have invested– in your health, wisdom, friendships and DREAMS!
4. Surround yourself with great people: Diana was quick to point out that although she’s getting a ton of attention, that this was a team effort. She offered heaps of praise and credit to her team of people that kept her going. From navigators, to doctors, to guides on kayak, to long time friends who supported her, it truly took a team to get her from Cuba to Florida. You need a great team in life. Surround yourself with great team members. Don’t hang out with negative people who tell you that you can’t do something. Spend time with people who you learn from and inspire you. And when they help you get to your goals, take time to recognize them, thank them, honor them.
5. It’s never too late to go after your dreams: Time is going to go by no matter what you do. Why not use the time you have to go after a few dreams? Whether you’re 40, 50, 60 or 80 even 90, there’s still time on the clock. Use it! You can always look back and be proud of trying and you’ll never know if you don’t try. Pain, discomfort, embarrassment, fear are all temporary. But the satisfaction of going after your dreams and maybe even achieving a few, that’s forever.
Thank you for the inspiration Diana! I can’t wait to hear about what you do next because I know that you have more big dreams that will inspire the planet to go after theirs. I hope this article and Diana help to inspire YOU to go after your dreams! So what dreams do you want to go after starting today? What steps can you take to get started? It could be eating better, taking stairs instead of an elevator, writing down your goals, or calling a friend for inspiration. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Thank you for reading! I’m sending you all positive energy as you continue on your leadership journey.
your fan, coach and friend,
Larysa Slobodian, MA
L4 Leadership LLC
You can go to Diana Nyad’s web site and learn more about her historic swim as well as watch videos and order cool stuff at www.diananyad.com