Tell Me You Can’t After Reading This

When she stumbled ashore – no one was allowed to touch her.

Diana Nyad swam 112 miles from Cuba to Florida – and she had 5 feet to walk to officially reach US soil.

And now her legs threatened to collapse as she stood in ankle deep water.

As her toes touched dry Key West sand she was hugged by friends and swarmed by a crowd of onlookers.

The crowd was watching history – an amazing feat of human endurance.

Amazing because she swam for over 50 straight hours.

Under a brutal sun for two days and an uncaring moon for two nights.

Through wind and waves.

Through shark infested waters.

Through a parade of deadly box jellyfish.

Jellyfish with toxin so painful it can overwhelm your nervous system and possibly kill you.

Diana’s story is incredible and I encourage you to read the details (links at the end of this email)

But here’s the most incredible part.

….

The journey from Cuba to Florida didn’t start two days earlier.

Her journey started in 1978.

That’s not a typo.

1978.

In 1978 her journey started with a crazy dream that some called “impossible”.

She tried the crossing at age 28 and had to call it off.

The attempt was so painful – so draining – she tried to put the dream in a box and move on with her life.

And for a while the dream seemed to go away.

But it was still there.

It was waiting. Growing. Like an animal that refused to die.

Until one day in 2011 her dreamed compelled her to jump back in the Carribean water.

By then she was 61.

Part way through her punishing swim she had to call it off.

Boxjellyfish stings were too much. Even for Diana.

But the dream kept calling her.

So in 2011 she made another attempt. This was her third.

Again she had to stop prematurely.

Effort #4 came in 2012.

She set a world record for swimming 103 miles in open water without a shark cage, but she still didn’t achieve her goal.

Finally, in 2013, at the age of 64 she went after her dream again, this time with a special jellyfish mask on her face that she had to hold in place with a mouthpiece – for over two days.

From almost the beginning she was fighting “bad luck”.

The wind kicked up.

She started chanting to herself:

“Find a way”

The waves got bigger. They pushed against her.

“Find a way”

The anti-jellyfish mask caused blisters and swelling in her mouth.

“Find a way”

She chanted this over and over to shut negative thoughts out of her mind. Instead of thinking of how far she had to go, she focused on the 6 inches of open water in front of her:

She told herself, “Forget about the surface up. Get your hands in somehow, and with your left hand, say, push Cuba back, and push Florida towards you…”

Her journey that started in 1978 was completed on September 2nd 2013.

And even though Diana could barely speak from blisters in her mouth and swallowing gallons of seawater – she said to the crowd at Key West:

“I got three messages…

One is we should never ever give up…

Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams.

And three is it looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.”

What dreams do you have? Do your dreams refuse to die no matter how many times you get knocked down?

If you’ve been chasing a dream so strong you’d do almost anything for…

If you’ve tried over and over and you just don’t know how you’re going to make it happen…

If you think you’re too old. Or too young. Or too poor.

Think of Diana Nyad.

Don’t give up on your dreams.

Focus on the six inches of open water in front of you.

And get a team. Get support and guidance.

Diana had a team to help her cross the shark infested waters. She had a team to feed and nourish her while she tread water.

Whether you get a mentor, or a coach, or your spouse, or a close friend.

You must find someone that supports your dream and believes in you.

And above all else.

Find a way.

Find a way.

Find a way.

Have an amazing day and dare to dream.

Move Mtns,

:: Chuck

P.S. Check out this inspiring Ted Talk from Diana Nyad. Endurance. Power. Strength. Power-FULL!

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