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"It's impossible!" is an often used excuse for not doing something. However, every invention, discovery, and advance throughout history is the result of someone striving for and accomplishing the impossible.

When you think something is impossible, you tell yourself you can't do it, and you won't. Conversely, if you feel something is possible, you will tell yourself you can do it, and you will.

History has repeatedly proven that those that declare impossibility are invariably wrong. So how can you ever claim with certainty to know what is and isn't possible? Or how can anyone who is offering you advice as to what is impossible know?

You are limited by your thinking, not by what you know or what you have. While you are convincing yourself of all the reasons something is impossible, there are people accomplishing the very same thing. Conversely, while you are making progress toward a goal, there are those who have already convinced themselves it's not possible.

Your perspective as to what is possible is based on your knowledge and experience. Impossibility is a state of mind, not an absolute. The only things you know are obtainable are those you have already accomplished.

When you don't strive for a goal, you have no chance of attaining it. Don't listen to anyone who tells you something is impossible. If you do, you will limit your accomplishments. You must first believe before you can achieve.

You should be striving for the impossible. Anything worth achieving takes effort. Although success isn't easy, neither is struggling. Since life takes effort regardless of what you do, you may as well set your sights high.

When you strive for the impossible, you won't have much competition. Most people are looking for routes requiring little or no effort. They prefer the path of least resistance.

Ignore the naysayers. Listening to those who profess to know that which is possible and impossible have nothing to offer you. Listening to them inhibits any progress you would have made. Often these people assert that their claims of impossibility are merely realistic.

They will tell you that they are only looking out for your best interests and don't want to see you get hurt. Although they may be well intentioned, you have nothing to gain by abandoning your dreams based on someone else's opinion.

Throughout history, if people only attempted that which is accepted to be possible, we would still be living in caves in the Stone Age. Take inspiration from the long list of innovators who have consistently achieved the impossible.

Look to those who are where you want to be. Study their approach. Learn from their experiences of how they achieved their goals. People who have strived for, and achieved the impossible are a great inspiration.

Success isn’t easy, but it’s worth the effort. Loftier goals are more difficult to attain than their ordinary counterparts. However, once achieved, the sense of satisfaction is awesome. How much you get out of life is directly connected to how much you put in.

Dream big. Break free of any self-imposed or externally imposed limitations. Anything you can conceive and believe is possible. Conversely, impossibility exists if you believe it does. It is exclusively your outlook which defines what you can accomplish.

Make striving for the impossible a way of life. Your life can be a great adventure. You can accomplish more than you ever thought possible. Harness your willpower. Fire up your determination. Get your drive in gear. When anyone tells you are striving for the impossible, you are on the right track. Redefine impossible to It Means Possible.

NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at or write him c/o this paper. © 2014 Bryan GoldenA




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