One of my favorite shows to watch is Super Soul Sunday because it’s all about inspiration. I recently saw an interview with Oprah Winfrey and long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad where Diana found the strength and courage both inside and outside of herself to swim from Cuba to Florida, not just once…but five times. The first four attempts, she was unable to make it for various reasons but on her fifth try, at 64 years old, she finally reached her goal after swimming for 53 hours. I was so moved by this and it made me wonder about my own determination when I want something bad enough that seems out of reach, outrageous, or something people might judge me on. How did she make the decision to keep trying over and over despite the judgments and roadblocks? How does the human spirit stay alive? Diana said it was not only very important to her but it was also because of her mantra “Find A Way.”
How many times have we desired something so badly and when we really looked at it, only saw hurdles, walls or stop signs? Even deeper, how many of those hurdles did you jump, or walls did you climb or stop signs did you ignore? The driving force is inside of us, our passion for living, for making a difference, creating a legacy, standing up for ourselves, or setting a personal best record. Whatever the reason behind it may be, the determination that’s driving us is not only our values and that it’s important to us, but our ability to find a way. Every day I’m finding a way!
As documented in the first four attempts, Diana Nyad had to encounter severe weather conditions, high temperatures both in and out of the water, high waves and winds, jellyfish, sharks, and asthma. Just like the person who doesn’t have much money, finds a way to eat, or the single mother who saves money to take a vacation with her kids, or the guy who works long hours but makes time for his girlfriend, they all find a way to get there. No excuses. Yes, life is hard but when there’s a will there’s a way and nothing can stand in the way, except us. It doesn’t always mean you will get what you want, but be proud of the perseverance and determination you have to go after it.
Make a commitment to yourself, stay focused and learn the lessons while you’re at it.
This is the stuff that feeds our soul and heals our hearts because we accomplish something we weren’t sure would be possible. The gremlins inside our heads are alive and well, and always chatting, not to mention the peanut gallery on the sidelines trying to stop us too. Do what works for you, not them! We need to learn how to train ourselves to listen to our intuition instead, that’s our internal muscle speaking! Sure, it’s possible you might fail, but just know you are daring greatly while everyone else is sitting there watching you…on the sidelines!
None of that stopped Diana. She just found a way, her way and even wrote a book about it.
Consider this, it’s also possible you might succeed. Wouldn’t that be great?!
If what you’re going after isn’t very important to you, it means you don’t value it very much and the possibility of achieving it is harder because the passion just isn’t there and it’s most likely a belief. Perhaps what you desire will show up in other forms but we have to pay attention to the signs. Sometimes walls that show up in our life are there to see how badly we want something and if we can scale it or not. I call it a little test from the Universe and it’s always right. Are a couple of big waves going to stop you?
Have you ever wanted something so badly and you did everything in your power to achieve it…. What happened? Did you succeed? Did you fail? How did you react if you failed? Did you try again?
Find what you love, and when you do what you love; you will find a way.
Much Love ❤
**Starting in August, I will be writing a blog series called “Project Self” which is all about how we need to put ourselves first, and take good care of us so we can be healthy and attract healthy in return. Topics will include self-love, self-respect, and so much more. I recently wrote about self-care with input from others, and I am open to more topics and suggestions if you would like me to write about one. Thank you for all your support and followings during these past 5 years here on WordPress. It’s been a true gift and pleasure having you here with me ❤ ❤ I hope you are having a wonderful summer so far!
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All my gratitude ❤