Everyone, at some point of their life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn’t fantasized about being Ellen Degeneres, Tiger Woods or Oprah? Even closer to home, who hasn’t dreamed of falling in love? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?
I can’t tell you how many times I used to go to bed after watching a film on Netflix and start to dream of distant lands, of being swept off my feet in a whirlwind romance with the man of my dreams – only to awake with the corner of my pillow in my mouth.
Often, we dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams often remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust in the attics of our minds.
This is a sad turn of events in our lives. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self-actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living day-to-day just barely existing.
But you know what? Life could be so much better if we only learned how to aim higher.
The most common problem when 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.
However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment. Where would we be as human beings right about now?
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. But fortunately for the bumblebee, no one has yet told it that it shouldn’t be flying, 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 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 another, list the things that are impossible for you to do.
Now look at all the headers strive every day to accomplish the goals that you know you can do. Check them when you are able to accomplish them. As you slowly check all of your goals under that heading, try accomplishing the goals under the other header — the ones that you might be able to do.
And as you check down these lists, you can move the goals that are impossible for you to do into the list of things you might be able to do.
As you go 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.
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 anyone to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be hard work and discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be an out-of-this-world dream, not some easily accomplished one.
Ask any gym lover and they 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 and work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible.