Believing in the impossible

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-high-dream-concept-image38126146It is always amazing when you ask a room full of kids what they want to be you hear answers that range from teachers, to doctors, to astronauts, to the President of the United States.   Fast forward 20 or 30 years and ask that same question and the answer is far less diverse and the dreams are far more scaled down.  The more you grown the more you learn and with learning we get a different vision of what our on reality can be.  When we once thought we can move mountains we learn to settle for throwing rocks in the water and watching them sink.  A lot of this change comes from things that life tells us about ourselves and things that we adopt that make the ceiling the limit instead of the sky.  So how do we re-learn to shoot for what is seemingly impossible when life dictates we should keep two feet on the ground?

In shooting for the impossible, more than half of the battle is learning how to conquer the self-doubt within.  With every hurdle life puts in front of us we internalize what we see as our limitations.  So when the light of old dreams flashes we quickly extinguish it with thoughts that we are too old, too slow, too tired to accomplish them.  The best thing about shooting for the impossible is not actually getting the impossible done, its learning that we have defined for ourselves that the goal is too difficult to achieve without committing to the process of trying.  In actually attempting for the impossible you reach farther than you thought you could and even if you don’t reach that goal you learn that your reach is as good or even better than that young kid ready to conquer the world.

I often frequent the same gas station on one trip I was approached by a man asking for money to fill up his tank.  After that question quickly followed a request for my phone number.  In my mind how could someone both beg for money and ask for my phone number???? But there is a lesson underneath about seeking the impossible.  When we stop reaching we forget that even the smallest percentage something will happen is still a chance.  This man’s “F” it attitude reminded me that by trying he was going for what he wanted and it was his effort that defined the goal, not the fact I declined.  The lesson remains that in reaching for the stars, win or lose, you learn that the failure to try is even scarier than the fact you did not win.  Always remember you have to play to win!

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