Impossible is Just a Word!
Everybody, at some point in their life, has dreamed of becoming someone extraordinary, someone significant, someone amazing. Who hasn’t fantasized about being the one to score the game winning touchdown in the Superbowl or becoming the Homecoming queen? Who hasn’t dreamed about scaling Moune Everest or discovering the cure for a deadly disease? Not to mention the number of times have we dreamed of becoming wealthy and successful, or proud of our relationships.
Frequently, we dream big dreams as well as having wonderful aspirations. Unfortunately, our hopes and dreams remain exactly that – “hopes and dreams.” Our goals quickly collect dust in the back of our minds where they are left unattended.
This is a sad turn of events in our existence. Rather than experiencing fascinating adventures in self actualization, we get absorbed by the mundane of everyday life just simply existing.
But you know what? Life can be so much more amazing when we discover to dream big, actually reach for our goals and strive to make them a reality.
The most common roadblock in goal setting are the terms impossible or unachievable. The majority of us get hung up believing ‘I am unable to accomplish this.’ It is too difficult, it’s unachievable and that there is no way I am capable of this.
On the other hand, if everyone believed in the road blocks of impossible, there could be no new innovations or new inventions, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.
Understand that scientists were preplexed when they examined the simple bumblebee. In theory, they claimed it was impossible for the bumblebee to be able fly. Fortunately for the bumblebee, no one has informed it of this. So fly it does.
Alternatively, many people experience dreaming completely extravagant dreams but not working towards these dreams. The outcome? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations.
When you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never the ability to break past what you believe is unachievable. Should you reach into the sky beyond the boundary of the stars without working towards your goals, you will find yourself clinging on to broken dreams and shattered aspirations.
Do this exercise right now.
Take a sheet of paper and write down your goals in life. In the first column, write down everything ‘you know you can achieve’. Under the second column, list the things ‘you might be able to achieve.’ And finally under one the third column, write the things which are ‘impossible for you to achieve.’
Now, take a look at the sheet of paper and strive every single day to complete the goals that are under things ‘you know you can achieve’. Then check them off one by one when you are able to accomplish these goals. When you gradually are able to check off each of your goals under that column, set your sites on accomplishing the goals under the next column, the one that reads ‘you might be able achieve.’
When the items you wrote under ‘things I could achieve’ are accomplished, you can then move the goals that are under things ‘you might be able to achieve’ over to the column that states things ‘you know you can achieve’, thus moving the column of things ‘impossible for you to achieve’ over to the list of things ‘you might be able to achieve’
As you work through this process, you will discover that the goals you believed were impossible become easier to accomplish. And the impossible begins to seem possible after all.
You see, the approach here is to not limit your own imagination. It truly is to aim high, and start working towards your goals little by little, step by step. However, it also is unwise to set goals that are truly unrealistic.
Those who simply dream towards their goals without working hard to achieve these goals, end up disillusioned and disappointed.
Alternatively, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to land on the moon, they most certainly would have laughed at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. However, through sheer desire, determination and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.
Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be more true. For one to accomplish their dreams, there must be hard work and discipline. But please note that the 1% must be a think-big dream, not simply an easily accomplished one.
Ask any professional athlete or highly successful business person and they will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain”? Thais is as true as it possibly can be.
So dream big my friend! Don’t get trapped by your perceived limitations!
Think big and work hard to attain these dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible.