Friday, October 04, 2013
I am sure you know what inspired this blog, it's the incredible Diana Nyad. How do some people achieve what seems impossible? Are they different genetically than we are? Are they naturally cleverer or do they have access to the elusive secret formula or knowledge?
Perhaps closer to home for me, why and how do I sometimes seem to find my 'focus', my 'resolve', my 'motivation' and I do achieve a lot and then other times I can't get it or it seems to disappear from within my grasp? It is still me, so what changes?
Is it the strength of the dream or the aim? When fighting the Dementors Harry Potter had to summon a very strong happy memory. If the memory was not very strong then the spell would not work. I too am trying to fight my own unhealthy lifestyle Dementors of sorts and I have a goal but I am dithering. Is my goal too weak?
If life has taught me anything, it is that nothing is simple. We, as human beings, are not simple. Therefore there are no simple answers to such questions as these. The solution, I think, is not simple and it's not easy. There is no panacea. Every time we want to achieve something that is challenging but worth the effort we have to fight for it, not least with our own selves. Fight against the negative spaces in our minds (to use another of Diana's words), fall again and again and get up, fight to maintain focus (yes it doesn't just happen), fight to keep the goal alive in our mind (this does not just happen either), use all our ingenuity and when that runs out find some more through building support networks and accessing other resources, we have to FIND A WAY, not just once and we are done, but every minute of every day.
It's easy to look at the great results some people achieved and think it was simple for them, they were somehow special. Great results require great effort but, like Diana said, most of the benefit anyway lies in the journey and what that teaches you about yourself. It's the journey and not the outcome. The outcome just sets you on your way!
I felt inspired reading about Diana's story. I hope you will too. Be inspired today and every day from now on.