CHAPTER 6

the power of a personal vision

dreams, not just goals

A clear and compelling personal vision can transform your life. In 2013, Diana Nyad, at age sixty-four, became the first person confirmed to swim the 103 miles from Cuba to Florida. It was her fifth and final attempt; she had had to terminate four previous crossings since her first try in 1978. In an interview on CNN after her historic achievement, she described her motivation: thirty-five years before, she’d had a dream to do the swim—something that no one had ever done before—and each time, something prevented her from reaching her goal.

“But you move on with life,” she said, “and you turn sixty, and your mom dies, and you’re looking for something. And the dream comes waking out ...

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