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“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says – “I’m possible'” – Audrey Hepburn
Don’t you love that quote? It’s usually credited to Audrey Hepburn, though I haven’t seen the source where she says it. I love the idea, though, that anything is impossible.
You know that feeling, halfway through the semester when you’re just not sure if reaching all your goals will be possible? Especially when you see how others are performing and marvel at how they got there, while you try to juggle all your responsibilities?
When Everything Feels Like An Impossibility
Let me give you a personal example:
If you missed last week’s post on what to do when you feel like a failure, be sure to check it out.
3 Ways To Make the “Impossible” Possible
1. Visualize (& Believe It)
I know it seems silly to simply say believing an impossibility is a possibility will work. While it may not be the only part you need, I do believe it’s important.
When I really focused on visualizing myself riding the wave on Friday, the fear disappeared. It was incredible – for a few seconds, it really disappeared.
2. Find A Role Model
Feeling stuck? Find someone who really turned your impossibility into a possibility. Look everywhere you possible can – teachers, coaches, motivational speakers, bloggers, friends of friends. Someone has done what you don’t believe you can.
Find them and let them (or their story) pull you through. That way, you can visualize clearly.
3. Go For It!
Sometimes you have to take a risk and try. Whether it’s a huge leap or a small jump, any change we make can be scary. It’s worth it, though. I really believe that we should at least give new or potential opportunities a try, don’t you?
One small caveat here – remember that you can do anything, but not everything. At least not at the same time! Setting priorities is just as important as believing your goals are possible, in my view.
How To Find Possibilities Through Meaning
I know this part is slightly off-topic, but I saw a great TED Talk by Emily Esfahani Smith this morning that I really want to share with all of you. It’s about the difference between happiness and meaning in our lives, and how to be fulfilled.
However, I really think she’s talking about what to do when happiness feels like an impossibility. You know, that feeling of just not quite being fulfilled yet? Chasing the dream job, dream relationship, dream apartment – and not feeling fulfilled.
You can check out how she defines the difference between being happy and having meaning and her thoughts of the impossibility of feeling fulfilled through chasing “happiness” by hitting play:
What are your thoughts on the impossible? How can you turn an impossibility into something that is really feasible? I’ve 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 on a trip to Keswick and Whitehaven, UK in 2013.
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