Impossible is Just a Word!

Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed
of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn’t fantasized
about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn’t
dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed
of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?

Often, we dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our
dreams remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust
in our attic.

This is a sad turn of events in our life. Instead of experiencing
exciting adventures in self actualization, we get caught up in the
humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing.

But you know what? Life could be so much better, if only we learned to
aim higher.

The most common problem to setting goals is the word impossible. Most people get
hung up thinking I can’t do this. It’s too hard. It’s too impossible. No one can do this.

However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and
no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.

Remember that scientists were baffled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee.
Theoretically, they said, it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Unfortunately for
the bumble, bee no one has told it so. So fly it does.

On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and
not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations.

If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will
never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out
into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging
on to the impossible dream.

Try this exercise. Take a piece of paper and write down some goals in your life.
Under one header, list down things ‘you know you can do’. Under another header, write
the things ‘you might be able to do.’ And under one more, list the things that that
are ‘impossible for you to do.’

Now look at all the headers strive every day to accomplish the goals that are under
things ‘you know you can do’. Check them when you are able to accomplish them. As
you slowly are able to check all of your goals under that heading, try accomplishing
the goals under the other header-the one that reads ‘you might be able to do.’

As of the items you wrote under things I could do are accomplished, you can move the
goals that are under things that are ‘impossible for you to do’ to the list of things
‘you might be able to do.’

As you iterate through this process, you will find out that the goals you thought
were impossible become easier to accomplish. And the impossible begin to seem possible
after all.

You see, the technique here is not to limit your imagination. It is to aim high, and
start working towards that goal little by little. However, it also is unwise to set a
goal that is truly unrealistic.

Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard end up disappointed and
disillusioned.

On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for
man to be on the moon, they would laugh 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. But, through sheer desire and perseverance, these
impossible dreams are now realities.

Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing
could be truer. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be had work and
discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily
accomplished one.

Ask any gym rat and he or she 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”? That is as true
as it can be.

So dream on, friend! Don’t get caught up with your perceived limitations. Think big and
work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will just
about find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible.

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