Who is Diana Nyad ?

In today’s health news I was moved by a piece on Diana Nyad.

There is nothing more powerful than a human being with a burning desire!

In the summer of 1978, she attempted the 103-mile journey from Cuba to Key West, Florida. After 41 hours and 49 minutes in the water, Nyad’s handlers gave her the bad news: Because of high waves and strong currents, she was so far off course that completing the swim would be impossible.

Whether the handlers were dreamstealers or smart coaches? – only Diana knows for sure.

The following year, she completed what still remains the longest swim in history without a shark cage — 102.5 miles from Bimini in the Bahamas to Jupiter, Florida.That day was her 30th birthday, and the last day of her swimming career. “I was so burned out. You couldn’t pay me to take one more stroke,” Nyad said. “For 30 years, I did not swim a single stroke anywhere at any time, except in the ocean, paddling on a board.”

But swimming from Bimini to Florida wasn’t her dream. That swim – even though a record that still stands – wasn’t the “it” she was striving for. For Diana that was “settling.” And 30 years later on her 60th birthday;

“I was having an existential crisis about being 60,” she said. “I told myself, ‘You have to get real with life’s lessons, one of which is you can’t go back.’ ”

In what she now realizes was an ironic moment, Nyad says she looked into the rearview mirror in her car and decided; “I realized there was one thing I could go back for, and that’s the dream swim from Cuba to Key West.”

Tony Robbins often says;
It’s in your moments of decision that your Destiny is created

Right here, right now this very moment you could make a decision to Go for it, to Be, DO, and Have your dream. Inside you there is that one thing you yearn for, ache for, go back to in your mind over and over.

Only you know what “It” is for you. Only you know if you’re “settling” for something less.

When would now be the very best time in your life to Make a Decision, Take Massive Action and change your physiology, outcome and legacy?

Want more on Diana Nyad:

Tune in to Sanjay Gupta MD to hear Diana Nyad share news about her mission to make a world record swim at 61, this weekend, 7:30 a.m. ET on CNN.


About Dr Bill Toth

Bill’s Background I’m just an average guy who’s learned a few things about Life, Success and Personal Development – thanks to some incredibly good and bad experiences during the past 25+ years. I’ve made many mistakes and have learned to combine down to earth values with a unique ability to distill complex concepts into simple powerful strategies which can be immediately applied to produce measurable results. In short; “I’ve traveled the territory, drawn a few maps and I’m happy to share them” I do not consider myself to be an “expert” and my work is never presented as the definitive doctrine on how you should live your life or what it takes to be successful in your business. I am a work in progress and if you were to you join me on life’s journey by hiring me as your coach or partnering with us in business – our learning will very likely be a two way street. In fact, I expect it to be. “What you know dies with you – what you DO leaves a legacy” I was raised in upstate New York and eastern Pennsylvania. This rural upbringing is strongly reflected in my personal value hierarchy: Faith > Family > Friends > Fitness and Finance. Education and a commitment to continuous improvement are next on the list. All these and more are strongly reflected in my coaching, teaching, writing and speaking. While growing my private practice I also taught Orthopedics and Neurology at both the undergraduate and graduate level, produced a TV show on fitness, appeared on numerous radio and TV programs, authored numerous journal articles, chapters for medical texts, served as vice-president of my state medical association, and started a family. I have had the honor and privilege of consulting with and coaching a diverse population of people from royalty to prisoners, from children to CEO’s, from amateur to professional athletes from 41 countries and people of almost every race, creed, religious belief and nationality. I am passionately committed to contribution and Living With Intention. Part of my philosophy is to think globally while acting locally. I am a very active member of my church, as well as several community organizations. After church, my favorite philanthropy is the Nourish the Children. I have also performed extensive volunteer work for both the Anthony Robbins Foundation, and the Make a Wish Foundation. Why become an Entrepreneur? I became an entrepreneur because after 5 years of Health Care Reform I found I was merely an employee of the various insurance company’s I was interacting with. I became painfully aware I was working more hours for less money and that what I was doing wasn’t working! At the same time my beautiful daughter, Casey, was born. This was the first time in my life I started to think about my future, and of course hers. When children come into your life, your perspective changes from Firebirds and Ferrari’s to Gymnastics, music lessons, horseback riding and so forth. Suddenly, I had to think longterm – was what I was doing going to provide all the things that a father wants for his children? In October of 1998 I started my entrepreneurial endeavors on a very part time basis. Less than 3 months later my New Year’s Resolution was to put my practices up for sale. In May of 1999 I sold them and began to work on my dreams and my fortune on a full time basis. From there, it took me a full five years to get to the point where I could do whatever I wanted to do. Along the way I wrote my first book: “Morning Moments”…as well as learning a few things about money, transitioning careers and happiness. I am happy to share what I know, in short again; “I’ve traveled the territory, drawn a few maps and I’m happy to share them” In summary; Transitioning careers was the hardest challenge I’ve ever taken up and it’s been the most rewarding! In so many ways, this is the very best personal development seminar I’ve ever taken because I met mySelf and my wife in the process…and every perceived adversity was worth it. Today, with my wife Julie, we “get to” pay the gift forward by coaching, mentoring others through the same process. There is no greater pleasure than showing others how to earn their freedom and then observing what good they do with it. Life Will Never Be The Same
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