Impossible is Just a Word
Written by Craig Warren
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
However, if everyone thought that, there would be no
inventions, no innovations and no breakthroughs in human
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 bumblebee, 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 to 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 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
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 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, my 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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