Exceeding Expectations- Diana Nyad’s Example

A life altering passage of scripture in Ephesians 3: 20 says the following:

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”

Have you ever wondered just what it is you’re made of? How much can you take? What is the difference between you and say Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or President Obama? The truth is, absolutely nothing! Each and every human being possesses within him/herself the ability to accomplish greatness and exceed the expectations of their generation. Every human is bound by nature, so it seems. But time and time again we break that mold and accomplish that which is “exceeding abundantly”, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think possible. Regardless of your religious background, investigation into the feats of humanity point to a well of untapped potential hidden deep within the human experience. Diana Nyad’s successful 103-mile swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys across the dangerous Atlantic Ocean exemplifies human greatness and a dream come true. After four previously unsuccessful attempts, she exceeded all expectations.

From the advances of pre-historic humans to the technologic advances of modern day society, human history dares us all to exceed expectations. Defying all odds, logic and human strength Herbert Nitsch, an Austrian Free-diver dived down 702 ft. with one breath and earned the title “Deepest Man on Earth” Aside from dedication, persistence and experience Herbert Nitsch is no different from you. He took in a gasp of the same air you’re breathing at this very moment and shot 702 ft. under water and back up. The same comparison can be made between yourself and Wim Hof, also known as Iceman. Wim climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in just two days wearing nothing but shorts, yes barefoot.  These examples show us all that when the human mind is focused on a goal, there is very little that can stop it.

What are you expected to do in your life? What is normal? Are you an adult learner who ‘s contemplating returning back to school? Talk to Leo Plass who at 99 years of age graduated from college in 2011. Feeling the push to start a business? Take a tune from 10-year-old Brianna Vogel, one of the youngest non-profit owners in history. We live in a world of infinite possibilities and if you truly desire to do so, you can shatter the glass ceiling of expectations that boxed you in your entire life. What are you waiting for? Get started, and tap your well of potential. You can do it. Exceed expectations!


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