An impossibility is a lie we tell to satisfy ourselves. In reality, we build our impossibilities.
Audrey Hepburn hit it on the spot when she said:
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible.”
Just think about it: people once thought flying was only for birds. Today, we’ve made space travel a thing of common knowledge. No one ever imagined that wireless communication would be possible. Yet now, you’re probably reading this on a smartphone.
Looking back, I find that every technological breakthrough was once thought impossible. But in my experience, impossibility only exists when we allow it to.
Granted, some things are real limitations, for instance, mortality. We indeed have a finite time in this world to achieve everything that we want to achieve. And if you ask me, that is all the more reason to not let yourself be bound by self-created limitations.
We Create Our Own Limitations
In most cases, the impossibilities that surround us are of our own making. By underestimating our physical and cognitive capabilities, we create in our minds a prison from which we can not escape.
Or to put it better, from which we do not want to escape.
Even though we are creatures who rule this world, we are still limited by our thought processes. We feel we cannot make positive changes in this world as we are inadequate. But the truth is, each one of us can have a massive positive impact on reality, only if we want to.
At the risk of sounding cliche, I stand by the fact that, together, we can change the world.
Through my foundation and belief in entrepreneurism, I’d like to make a positive impact on the lives of others and the planet as a whole. And I believe that most individuals want this — or DID want it.
When we are younger, life is truly limitless for us, both in terms of imagination and possibilities. At this stage in time, life is not a fearful prison for us. We’re fully aware of our potential, and the power of our imagination.
True, we don’t yet know about the trials and tribulations that await us on the path to success, and we have no idea of the sacrifices that we’d have to make. But in our hearts, we can feel that if we set our minds to a target, we can accomplish anything.
And then, life happens.
Where do those hopes and dreams go then? We may have been arrogant and young when we thought we could conquer the world. But later in life, we become something worse: complacent, tired, disinterested, and indifferent.
Bottom line: we lose faith in a better future and accept the mundane existence that the world throws at us. We limit ourselves to doing what is easy, what is within our reach. And by doing so we limit the change that we once wanted to see and bring about in the world.
This is exactly what actual failure looks like. If you limit your accomplishments, your experiences, and your achievements, then the only thing that you’ll get is a limited existence. A prison cell of a life that is taking you nowhere.
So, is that what you want? Surely not! But what’s the remedy now that you’ve decided I’m right and you’ve indeed been limiting yourself? Should you shrug off your mental shackles and seek to achieve overnight success?
Before you aim for that, wait a bit and finish the rest of this piece.
Success Is Not A Goal, It’s A Process
If you’re looking for limitless existence, then there’s something you need to understand from the very beginning. Your potential for accomplishment is truly unlimited, but there are limitations on how much you can achieve in a particular time frame.
After all, Rome was not built in a day.
Your body and mind are biological instruments that can only take so much in a day, month, or year. And change, however insignificant, is never a pleasant process. With each change that you implement in your life, your very reality alters bit by bit.
And this is a process that needs its own time. Some changes come about easily, others take significant time and effort. I’ve found that it’s these latter ones that are more important, and leave a longer-lasting impact.
Remember this: chasing dreams requires sacrifice, and you won’t be able to see it to fruition in a few hours. Every goal requires a few minimum steps to achieve, and we as humans are limited by time and energy.
So, what I say is: don’t worry about the time, energy, and effort it takes to succeed. Just put in your work and enjoy the process of it all. Maintain the right amount of will, determination, and focus, and you’ll find life turning out in your favor.
Focus Is The Road To Success
In reading all of the above, you must have understood that what success demands is the unwavering focus. Some things require more focus than others; some, not so much. But as you already know, it’s these demanding tasks that yield the most profitable results.
People don’t necessarily fail when they don’t know what they’re doing or what it takes. They fail when they’re unable to recognize opportunities because they aren’t focused enough to look for them.
However, at the same time, we have to be flexible enough to recognize opportunities and change our life plans accordingly. In most cases, this happens when our focus itself is telling us to seek a new path to our goals.
I often see people lamenting the fact that their life is not successful enough. They feel that they cannot change their lives without being successful. Sadly, these people are actually looking through the other end of the binoculars.
Life doesn’t necessarily change when we attain success. Instead, if you want to be successful, you need to change your life, and change the way you are living. Only then will you be able to focus on the tasks that lead to success.
And on the road to success, remember one thing: hard work trumps all.
People aren’t born brilliant. Some of us have a slower processing speed; others have a higher. At the end of the day, if you want to be brilliant, you have to work for it, you have to earn it, otherwise, it’s just considered a desire.
Unless you’re accustomed to hard work, it’s never fun. You’ll miss out on some popular experiences in life, but the trade-off is worth it. Do it right. Live a life that everyone wants to live — one that too few is willing to seek.
Support Is Optional
Finally, on the road to success, do not expect support from others. Perhaps someone will help you out…most people won’t. More still will try to dissuade you. They’ll give you reasons why you shouldn’t take the path less trodden, why you shouldn’t bother, why it’s not worth it.
In short, these are people who don’t believe in you.
Make sure you stay away from the negative energy of these people, as they’ll try to drag you down to an unwanted existence and keep you there. The only reason they are trying to throw impossibilities at you is that they don’t dare to walk your path themselves.
In fact, what they’re saying is not wrong: success is impossible, but only for them.
So, turn a blind eye, and a deaf ear to what the world says. Stick to your path, and at the end of the day, you’ll find the world taking notice of your success. Just remember that once the sun begins to shine, the world has no option but to wake up.
After all, your life is an empty canvas. Use it to create your masterpiece and let the rest of the world marvel at its beauty.
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