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Have you ever used "that's impossible" as an excuse for not doing something? Perhaps being told "that's impossible" by someone has had the same effect. Not only have you been personally conditioned to automatically decide how possible it is to achieve a particular objective, there are many people who will readily give you their definitive opinion of what is and is not possible as well.

Ironically, every discovery and invention we now take for granted was at one time determined to be impossible. The radio, flight, the light bulb, supersonic flight, space travel, electricity, automobiles, submarines, computers, TV, etc. were all thought to be impossibilities before they were invented.

Do you make excuses for failure or seek reasons to succeed? Once you have decided something is impossible, you will either give up or not even start. You will not accomplish anything you believe to be impossible. Then, while you are sitting around explaining why something is impossible, other people will be proving you wrong through their own accomplishments.

Rather than coming up with all of the excuses for why you can’t do something, spend your energy formulating just one reason you can succeed. Keep in mind that history has repeatedly proven anything is possible.

Ignore those people who are spouting all of the supposed reasons something is impossible. These negative individuals are abundant in number and willing to offer their opinion whether asked or not. However, there is one group of people worth listening to; those who are already where you want to be.

How difficult it is or how long it takes to accomplish a particular goal is irrelevant. Life requires effort regardless of whether you are struggling or succeeding. Time goes by irrespective of what you are doing. Moving forward in your desired direction is what is important.

Visualizing all of the benefits you will experience by achieving your goals is highly motivational. Imagine yourself succeeding. How will you feel? What will you be doing? What new options will open up for you? How will your life change?

You must be able to first see yourself succeeding before it can actually happen. All successful people utilize this strategy. This is possibility thinking where you focus on what you will be accomplishing.

Perhaps you have a goal which has never been achieved before. This is a great opportunity. Many benefits accrue to pioneers and innovators. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Build on what has already been accomplished.

Analyze your goal from different perspectives. Altering your point of view often provides new insight. Your brain works 24/7 looking to solve problems. Inspiration can occur at anytime, anywhere. Pay attention to intuition. Never dismiss ideas with the reaction of “that will never work.”

Brainstorming is a proven technique for finding solutions. Successfully utilize this method. List all possibilities without any evaluation as to how realistic or effective you feel any option might be. List everything regardless of whether or not you think it will work.

Often, the ideas that work out are those you would have initially ruled out as being unviable. Remember, anything is possible. Look for the reasons something is possible instead of reasons it is not.

The potential for immediate success is not a requirement for determining what is possible. Historically, success is realized only after numerous disappointments. Failure only occurs when you give up. Results other than what you expected are simply a learning opportunity along with an indication that a change in strategy is needed.

Dream big. Fantasize about how you would like your life to unfold. Visualize how achieving your goals will make you feel. Identify just one reason to succeed. For you, anything is 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 Golden




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