Why is it, do you think, that over and over again, we dream big dreams and have huge aspirations, but unfortunately, our dreams remain just that – dreams.
Our lives could be a great deal better, if only we learned to ignore the neigh-sayers and believed in our own abilities. Obviously, there are going to be times when our goals are simply unreachable, but we’re usually aware of that at the time we set them; like for example, having a goal to have a £1 Million personal worth by next week. Then again, there are several lottery winners who’ve achieved that, so who knows!
The most widespread difficulty in setting and achieving goals is the word ‘impossible‘. For the most part, people get hung up thinking “I can’t do this”, “It’s too hard”, “It’s unattainable”, “No one can do this”. If everyone thought like that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human achievement.
Henry Ford, the founder of a small motor company you may have heard of, once said – “Whether you think you can do a thing, or you think you can’t, you’re right” and I believe he possibly had one, or two successes in his life?
Possibly one of the most well known ‘impossible feats’ was the four-minute-mile.
Up until 1954, experts believed that it was physically impossible for a human being to run a mile ( or just over 1.6kms ) in under four minutes. They felt that the body just wasn’t designed to take that amount of stress and dire consequences would result.
For years, people tried and tried, but could never succeed then, on the 6th May 1954 at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, Roger Bannister did the impossible, running the mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.
He knew that the mile was split into four laps of the track, he also knew that he was able to run a lap in under a minute, therefore, it must be possible to run four laps in under 4 minutes.
People’s perception of what was possible, changed that day and 46 days later, the record was broken by Australia’s John Landy. Since the record was set in 1954, it’s been reduced by almost 17 seconds and almost 900 men have run sub-four minute miles, including 5 High School students!
You see, what a person CAN do is incredible, what they WILL do, is usually a lot less.
If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you’ll in no way be able to break past what you consider at the moment, to be ‘impossible‘.
If you have a goal that seems impossible to you at the moment, break it up into smaller, achievable steps. You’ll find that the goals you thought were impossible, become easier to bring about.
The impossible suddenly begins to seem possible. After all, if you add an apostrophe, impossible becomes I’m Possible .
Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
You can dream for years and not achieve your goals, because success comes by taking action.
One thing to remember though, the best part about achieving your goals isn’t reaching the goal itself, but the person you become whilst attaining it.
Think big and work hard to accomplish those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you’ll find out that the impossible, has just become a little bit more possible.