Impossible is Just a Word

Impossible disneyEveryone, at some point in his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn’t fantasised about being the one who scores the winning goal? Who hasn’t dreamed of being a beautiful princess? 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, 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 impossible. No one can do this.

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

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” ― Audrey Hepburn

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. Fortunately 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, tattered aspirations, and a lifetime of regret.

If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you believe is impossible.

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’. Tick them off when you are able to accomplish them. As you are able to mark off 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 the items you wrote under things you 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 work 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.

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

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

impossible mandelaThomas 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 hard 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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9 Responses to Impossible is Just a Word

  1. This is a great post. The list and concept of breaking things down is dead on. I have several lists – long term, mid-term and short term. Also love the A.H. quote.

    • Dynamo Di says:

      Thank you!

      Sometimes obstacles look too big, until you break them down to bite-size chunks and chew on them a bit at a time.

      Audrey Hepburn could do or say no wrong in my opinion. Wonderful inspirational lady 🙂

  2. Lisa Boerum says:

    Thank you for the related article mention! Great article!

  3. This is a VERY valid point here!

    Unless you believe something can be done, you will NEVER get it!

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    You may not have a clue how to get it, but it IS possible to make ANYTHING happen in your life!

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