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Impossible is Just a Word

Written by Shereen Campbell

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Posted on April 11 2019

Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody “important”. Who hasn't fantasized about being the one who creates the next Snapchat? Who hasn't dreamed of being 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 and remembered to believe in ourselves..

The most common problem in 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 history.

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 shattered 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 are ‘impossible for you to do.’

We challenge you to keep that piece of paper close, striving every day to take a little step in the things ‘you know you can do’. Check them off when you accomplish them. As you slowly are able to check all of your goals under that heading, doesn’t the list of things ‘you might be able to do’ look a little less daunting? Next up, try accomplishing the goals under the ‘you might be able to do.

As you continue  this process, you will find out that the goals you thought were impossible became 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.

Remember, it is also unwise to set a goal that is truly unrealistic. Make sure that the goals you are setting up for yourself are SMART.

Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard to accomplish it 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, (and many little steps) 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 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, set tiny goals that amount to big goals 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.

Remember, if you don’t have a dream, how can you have a dream come true?

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