There are times even small improvement seems impossible. You may struggle in a relationship or you may struggle to find meaning in your work. History and experience may be against you. You may not have any support from your friends or may be in a financial position where you can barely support yourself. Whenever you are at that point where you are standing at the base of some insurmountable problem, all hope feels impossible. How can you look and move forward when all you are doing is looking up, hopeless? Try this:
3 Steps to Do the Impossible
1. Ask: “Why?” Sometimes barriers are for your own good, God’s way of keeping you safe or God’s way of helping you grow. Too many of us in the business world forget this fact. Asking why something is impossible will help you determine if God made it that way, or if the impossible is made by man. If God made it that way, you need to consult Him for wisdom. He may have another opportunity waiting for you, He may need your patience, or He may be making sure you do not ruin your life and others. The other two steps here will not help get you around God. But if man made something impossible, read on.
2. Ask: “What If?” Many great journeys start with this question. What if the computer did not need a mouse and keyboard? What if we could travel to the moon? What if I were no longer in debt? What if I went back to school? What if I can make work better? Asking “what if” immediately puts your mind at ease with the struggle of the present, and opens your thoughts to accept the impossible. However, you need to be very careful about asking “what if” about events in the past. You have absolutely no control over the past (try to prove me wrong). If you ask yourself “what if I tried harder” or “what if I did things differently” about things that you have absolutely no control over, you will fill yourself with regret. “What if” is a powerful question if only applied to the future, and what you can do to make things better.
3. Next: Dream. The next thing to do after asking “what if” is dream. And dream big. Too often we fall into this cycle of replacing the old idea with more of the old idea (see: Congress). Hanging on to old ideas that do not work is a quick way of ensuring the impossible stays impossible. Dreaming is dangerous. Dreaming takes the ordinary way of doing things and turns it inside-out, which is exactly what you need to do in order to accomplish the impossible. Dreaming big allows you to envision a future where the idea pulled out by asking “what if” becomes an image in your mind. As soon as you have the image of the way things can be, it will be far easier to pursue that goal and chase after it with hope and excitement — making the impossible, possible.
The Unwritten Rule
Take action. Asking “what if” and dreaming means nothing if you do not act on it. By the same token, if you slack off in your “what if” and have largely uninspired dreams, then your action will be largely uninspired too. Challenge everything you can and dream as large as you can. Then do it.
Question: What impossible challenge will you tackle, and how?