Why You Should Do the ‘Impossible’ (And How, Because I Know It’s Hard)
I’m a big believer that anything’s possible.
That “crazy” business idea you have. Running a marathon when you presently get winded climbing the stairs at work. Taking a year off to travel the world. An amazing relationship with the great guy you’re convinced doesn’t exist. It’s possible. The only thing between where you are now and having, creating, finishing, and completing those seemingly impossible items is your belief that it’s not.
If someone out there is doing or has done it, you can do it too. If no one out there is doing or has done it, you can still do it.
Have you heard the story of the four-minute mile?
It was believed to be impossible. Nobody could run a four-minute mile, until one day, in 1954, Roger Bannister ran the mile in 3:59.4. Do you know what happened next? Someone else ran the mile in less than four-minutes, followed by many others. Because suddenly, they knew it was possible, so they did it.
But what if we just cut out that middle step—waiting for someone else to prove that it is possible—and just went out and did it ourselves? For ourselves?
I don’t care how many people tell you or try to prove otherwise, if you want something in this life, it’s possible. It’s possible because, by universal law, if it’s something you’re driven to create in your life or self, you’ve been gifted with all the necessary tools, skills, drive, and connections you need to make it happen. You’re not put here with a drive to create something for yourself unless you were also given everything you need to do it.
That’s a fact.
Once you do the impossible, you’ll finally see that anything you want to do is within your reach. It just takes drive, dedication, passion, and the right mindset.
How to Do the Impossible
1. Decide what you want to do and start small.
What’s something you would love to do, that feels impossible but is on the “easy” end of the holy-impossible-scale? The key is to make sure it’s the kind of goal that doesn’t just seem impossible because you can’t do it right now, but that it will require you to really stretch and push yourself. For example:
Regular goal: Run the mile.
“Impossible” goal: Run the mile in four minutes.
It has to push you. You know you can run a mile if you just get in shape, eat better, and try, but what would it take to run it in just four minutes?
2. Get inspired.
There are two options for this.
First, you can seek out people who’ve done what you want to do. Really dive in and see how they did it, what motivated them and what you can learn from their experience. Create an inspiration book or board where you catalogue everything you can find related to accomplishing your “impossible” goal.
Second, you can create a simple inspiration/vision board. If no one’s done what you want to do, it doesn’t matter. You can inspire yourself. Think about what it will feel like to accomplish this goal, what your life will be like, and who you want celebrating with you. Clip out images, inspirational sayings, and inspiring words and create a vision book or board that embodies all of the above.
3. Get out there and do it.
You know what you’re going to do; you’ve got the inspiration, and now? It’s time to make it happen. It won’t be easy, and you’ll run into obstacles and roadblocks. You’ll also have to battle with all your “reasons” (a.k.a. excuses) for why it can’t be done, but you’ll never know what’s possible unless you dedicate yourself to doing it.
Break the goal down into micro-goals, deadlines, and milestones. All the way until there’s something you can do today or tomorrow and then go do it. Take it one step at a time, and remember that setbacks, bad days, and missteps are a part of the process when doing something “impossible.” It’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it.
Another important thing to remember is that things change as we begin to work toward something new. You may have to revise your plan, take some time off, rest, recover, or switch things up. That’s okay and is simply a part of the process. Don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t go perfectly; the point is to keep moving forward! You’ll get there.
4. Remember, fear is just excitement without the breath.
Have you ever felt exhilaration, overwhelming excitement, and as if you’re going to bounce off the walls because you can hardly contain yourself? That’s fear with the breath. That’s you feeling the pangs of fear, but consciously or not, breathing deeply into it and suddenly feeling overcome with excitement and energy!
Let that passion take over, stay out of your head, and speak/act from the heart. If you’re negative self-talk tries to butt in, simply say thank you for sharing and reconnect with that fearful part of yourself. Take another deep breath, and keep that energy flowing.
Allow fear to be the powerful tool that it is.
If you want to supercharge your life, relationships, and work, allow yourself to experience more fear. Most people work to avoid fearful situations at all costs, but avoidance leads to a life that lacks purpose, passion, and fulfillment. Experiencing fear is a prerequisite to any type of positive change in your life!
5. Celebrate. You did it!
Take the time to celebrate your accomplishment. You did something that seemed impossible! You worked hard, battled mindset blocks, and found a way through and around obstacles and roadblocks; you deserve to celebrate.
6. Repeat with something bigger.
Now that you know the impossible is possible, move on to a larger goal and repeat the process.
Take action now!
What do you really want to do but haven’t because it feels impossible? Make a list of all the things you believe are impossible but really want to create, do, or have in your life. Once you’re done, go through the list and pick something “impossible” but small, then start working through the steps above.
Stephenie Zamora is the founder of www.stepheniezamora.com, a full-service life purpose development, design, and branding boutique. She merges the worlds of personal development and branding to help men and women build passion-based lives and businesses. Click here to access her free Foundations for Unshakable Joy™ video training series! Connect with Stephenie on Facebook and Twitter!