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“You can do anything if you’ve got enough nerve” – J. K. Rowling

How do you feel about the word “impossible”?

I know, I know – every motivational post you’ve ever read probably tends to say nothing is impossible, but it’s so hard to believe at first, isn’t it?

Whenever I draw up a list of goals or daydream about my future and here that negative shadow telling me it’s impossible, I do one thing:

I re-watch videos, TED Talks, or read websites from people who have done the impossible.  Then, I remind myself that “impossible” is a frame of mind, a perspective. If we let go of the state of mind, we can often turn the impossible into possible.

For an example, you can check out extreme marathon runner Turia Pitts who had severe burns to over 60% of her body and was told she would not recover.  Or Paralympic athlete Amy Purdy, who was told she would never do sports again after losing both her legs to meningitis.  They took the challenge, took the dare and succeeded. 


5 Steps To Dare To Do More

Want to dare to do more with your life?  Tired of being stuck in a rut, and never really achieving your goals?

Here are five steps to get you started on your journey:

1. Know What You Want

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If we are ready to dare to do the “impossible”, we have to be specific about what we want.

Instead of making a general goal, like “be more fit”, try to specify exactly what you want, and why you want it.  Without this, you are wasting your time. Specific goals will focus your mind on getting what you want.

Of course, I’m no stranger to goal setting – it’s one of my favourite activities. If you don’t have my goal setting worksheets yet, be sure to head to the printables library and grab them so you can get started!




2. Make A Mindmap, List, Or Brainstorm

Plan, plan, plan!  Now, I love planning, so this is the easy bit for me.

As I mentioned above, my goal setting printables can really help you get organized, set your goals and make a plan to achieve them.

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3. Find  Idols Who Have What You Want

Remember how I mentioned a few incredibly inspiring people at the beginning of this post?  That’s only a small list, and they have extreme cases they had to suffer and overcome to reach their goals.  In most cases, what we strive to achieve is a lot simpler.  but these amazing stories can help us believe our smaller goals are attainable.

I suggest finding two types of idols:

  • Those who do what you want to achieve –  These can be colleagues, competitors, friends – anyone who has reached the specific goal you are looking to achieve.
  • Those who achieve the “impossible”  –  Motivational speakers, coaches, athletes and people who overcome great trauma to get where they are today.  These are the inspiring people I use in my English classes for authentic material, and wow, do they work.

It’s good to have both types of idols and keep them top of mind as you plan your goals.


4. Research Their Paths and Find The Similarities

Now, take the idols in the above step, and find out their whole life stories.  This will give you perspective on how long it took them to reach their goals, what they had to overcome, and what kept them going. 

I’ll be putting together a list of TED Talks and videos you can use to keep motivated, for next week’s motivational post. Stay tuned!


5. Go For It – Act!

Action is one of the most important concepts when we talk about motivation. What’s the point in having a goal, if you don’t act on it? Step 5 is about exactly that – taking action keeps us on track.Motivational Monday 50 - Courage

What are you waiting for? Now is the time to start!  Easier said than done, right?   One important point I’ve realized over the last year is that sometimes, you need to pause everything and do what you need.

For example:

For almost a year, I put off making a few small changes to my apartment that I knew would make it feel more like home. Why? Well, I had it in my head that I could only dare to make these changes once I had achieved a major roadblock in my life – the PhD. 

What I realized this summer, while making a few small changes to my apartment, is that sometimes we need to stop, switch priorities and make our environment conducive to reaching our goals. I wanted to feel more comfortable in my rented apartment, feel like I was the owner – even though I’m not.   So, I took a couple weeks to make some budget-friendly changes that made me feel at home.  (If you’re curious, you can check out my organizational post on my apartment changes and grab some ideas).


Well, that’s today’s really short and hopefully sweet post on daring to achieve the impossible!  What have you “had the nerve” to achieve lately? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below  🙂

Have a lovely and productive week!


P.S. Photography lovers, the photo for today’s post (and poster!) is one I took this past weekend in Chamonix, France

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