When I was about 12, I would mow the yard at my home for ONE reason….that someone would drive by and see a GIRL moving the yard….and that I would be discovered for being special.
Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn’t fantasized about being discovered, or chosen for something fabulous out of the blue? Who hasn’t dreamed of being some kind of superstar– entertainment, sports, career, moving the yard? 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 chose 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. I can’t 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 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 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 or dreams in your life. Under one header, list down things ‘you know you can do’ and label that Completely Possible. Under another header titled Possibly Possible, write the things ‘you might be able to do.’ And under one more titled WHAT if it were POSSIBLE, list the things that that feel ‘impossible’ for you to do.
Now look at all the headers– practice 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, practice 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 begins to seem possible after all.
Asking questions around the impossibilities helps expand your thinking. Try these questions on your “impossible list.”
- What if it were possible
- What would it take to be possible
- Who would I need to know or ask for help for this to become possible
- Who would I have to become for this to be possible
- What information or knowledge could I get for this to be completely possible
When you expand your thinking the impossible becomes 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. When you focus on the possibilities instead of the barriers, you will find more paths to manifesting the possibility in to your reality. What you focus on grows…so are you focusing on the dream or goal, or are you focusing on what is keeping you from achieving or attracting it?
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.
So dream on, friend! Be aware of and precise about your focus. What drum are you beating in your life energetically? That things are impossible….or that POSSIBILITY is HUGE! 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.