Saturday, June 4, 2011

Impossible is Just a Word

At one point or another in your life, you have dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn't fantasized about being the one who scores the game winnig touchdown, or dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have you dreamed of being wealthy or successful in your ventures; or just plain happy with your relationships?

\More often than not, we dream big dreams and have big aspirations. Most often our dreams remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations fall by the wayside.

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

But you know, life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim just a little higher.

The common problem in setting goals is the word impossible. Most people get caught thinking I can't do this or it's too hard. It's impossible or one can do this.

If everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs - ever.

Scientists were baffled when they looked at the bumblebee. They said it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly.Fortunately for the Bee, no one has told it that. Makes you wonder what you can do.

Some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and never act on them. The result  is broken dreams and tattered aspirations.

If you limit yourself with self-doubt you will never be able to break past what you think is impossible. If you reach too far out 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 never be 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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