At some point in our lives, we’ve all spent time dreaming of being somebody special, somebody big, somebody who leaves a mark in the world.
- Haven’t you 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?
We dream those big dreams and have huge aspirations but … sadly, our dreams often remain just that .. dreams. And our aspirations are shut away in the corner of our mind’s attic to collect dust.
It’s a sad turn of events in our life. We get so caught up in humdrum of living from day-to-day, that we don’t experience the exciting adventures of realizing our full potential.
But you know what? Life would be so much better, if we choose to aim higher and stretch ourselves beyond what we think is possible.
Just how can we do that? The very best place to start is in setting goals. However, many of us will get hung up on one word .. impossible and all its many forms. ‘It’s too hard. It’s too impossible. No one can do this. I can’t do it.’
I grant you, not everyone feels that way. If that were the case, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishments.
When you start to think something is impossible, consider this: 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 bumble bee, no one told it so. So fly it does.
But what happens when you dream those totally outrageous dreams and don’t act on them? The results sadly are often broken dreams and shattered aspirations.
When you limit yourself with self-doubt and self-limiting assumptions, you’ll never break down the self-imposed wall which was built by the word impossible. If you do try and reach too far out into the sky without doing the work needed to make your goal, you end up clinging to the ‘impossible’ dream.
Here’s a great exercise to try to help break down that feeling of ‘impossible.’
Grab two pieces of paper. On the first sheet of paper write down some of the goals that you have for your life. Divide the second piece of paper into three columns. In the first column under the header list the things ‘you know you can do’, in the next column list the things ‘you might be able to do’ and in the last column, list the things that are ‘impossible for you to do.’
Starting with the first column, one by one complete each item on the ‘you know you can do’ list. Check them off as they are completed. As you complete each item one column one’s list, start moving the items from column two ‘you might be able to do’ to column one.
And as you move the list from column two to column one, you can now start moving the list from column three ‘impossible to do’ over to column two.
As you go through this process, you’ll see that the items you thought were impossible are much easier to accomplish then you first thought and that they actually begin to seem possible after all.
The purpose here is not to limit your imagination. Instead, it’s to help you see you can aim higher and start working towards expanding yourself, little by little.
As a gentle reminder: don’t set goals that are truly unrealistic, it’s unwise. You are setting yourself up for failure. If you are just dreaming about a goal without the work that is needed, you will end up disappointed or even worse; disillusioned.
Realistically .. It’s all a balancing act.
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 told them, you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a matter of seconds, they would have said you were out of your mind. But, through pure perseverance and sheer desire, those ‘impossible dreams’ are now our realities.
Thomas Edison once said: “Genius is one % inspiration and ninety-nine % perspiration.” Boy, does that ring true! For you to accomplish your dreams, there has to be, not just the dream but the hard work, the consistency and the discipline to make things happen. Click To Tweet And the one percent … It must be a dream that is as big as you possibly can imagine, not some quick and easily accomplished one.
It’s really true, there can be no gains unless you push past your comfort zone. Remember the saying: “No pain, no gain?” It is one of the truest sayings out there.
Don’t get caught up with your perceived limitations. Dream on, think as big as you can and work hard to attain those dreams. As you progress in your life’s journey you will soon discover that the impossible is becoming more and more possible.
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