You’ve probably heard yourself say these words on a few occasions. Usually when what you just witnessed is unbelievable, magical, or defies the senses.
That’s how we categorize life — both business and personal choices. We label options as either “possible” or “impossible” — it can be done or thinking about it is just crazy.
We’re told by the experts to be pragmatists. To be reasonable. To be realistic. That we should follow a series of smart, logical business steps and leave the emotion of expectation and struggle out of the equation.
But maybe that’s because the experts don’t understand the illogic of impossibility.
Impossible is just an opinion.
It’s not a fact.
It’s gut instinct wrapped in the worst of your self-limiting doubt and ignorance. It’s everything you don’t know and everything you’re afraid of all in one.
Impossible is what scares you most. It’s the pain you’re too afraid to share with anyone else.
And it’s the only thing standing in the way of outrageous attempts at grandeur.
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
Impossible is just an excuse.
It’s what you tell yourself to dilute your obsession with greatness. It’s how you politely manage unrealized expectations.
And they are all perfectly reasonable explanations:
- You need to pay the bills.
- You don’t have the time required.
- You don’t feel inspired enough.
- You need to be a more balanced person.
- You can’t overcome the obstacles in your way.
- You have too much competition.
- You think it’s the wrong timing.
- You need to validate your idea with more research.
- You have a family that needs your attention.
- You need to have a plan first.
All perfectly logical. All great reminders of the limitations that we place on our own success.
Impossible is why we’re not amazing.
Instead of saying “Let me be the first…” we try to use our business sophistication to explain not trying at all.
And we have forgotten the simplest of concepts — that impossible doesn’t exist.
It’s just an idea. It’s a temporary category for audacious endeavors. It’s “greatness in progress”.
The reality is that there is nothing that you can’t do. And there is no one who can’t do it.
You don’t need a college degree, a million bucks, or a manic crowd of supporters behind you to go do the impossible.
You need to dream dreams. You need to face your fears. You need to learn what you don’t know.
And as you do, an incredible thing happens.