Since before I started this, blog I believed and actively proclaimed that I can do the impossible. Regardless of the naysayers, the realities of my current situation and financial struggles I continued to recite it daily. But despite that daily proclamation, nothing ever changed. I never got any richer, I never changed the world and I never revolutionized an industry.
Ultimately, this made me feel like a failure. I thought, “how could I declare that I would do the impossible everyday, yet nothing happens.” I had to be doing something wrong. So I went over it in my head repeatedly to figure out what happened. Did I identify my strengths and weaknesses? Check. Have I conditioned my mind to believe I can do any and everything? Check. Have I remained determined? Check.
Everything appeared to be in order… until I went back to that second item. “Have I conditioned my mind to believe I can do any and everything?” You bet I have. In fact, my mind is so conditioned that I’ve tried to do every and anything. And therein lies the problem. Because I knew I could do anything I never defined what “doing the impossible” meant to me. Sure some people might say being able to support myself as a writer or making the Trenton Freedom dance team could be considered impossible. But I didn’t see it that way. Yes, they were accomplishments but nothing I would call impossible. Hence the reason why I felt like a fraud. I needed to determine the impossible in my terms and find a way to make it happen. Otherwise, my daily proclamation of my ability to do the impossible would continue to just be talk.
It turns out my issue was pretty common. I’ve heard from many people who believe they can do everything but haven’t done anything. Don’t believe me? Ask any college grad what they plan to do out of school. Most likely, you’ll hear a lot of “I’m not sure yet” or “I’m keeping my options open.” It doesn’t mean they don’t have a bright future or any direction. Their uncertainty means they know their education has helped make them capable of anything. They may be thinking, “I have the world in the palm of my hands. Why limit myself.” You may have identified with these feelings as well. You were so confident in your abilities to do so many things you didn’t feel the need to define anything.
I like to call it classic “college grad syndrome.” I never thought that after so many years of being out of school, I’d be struggling to define my future or my impossible feat. I thought knowing what I wanted to do and believing in myself was enough. Luckily, breaking out of this syndrome only requires your defining of impossible. It’s pretty clear that you can’t do the impossible until you know what it is. So how am I defining the impossible? Selling 300 copies of my ebook 100 Things You Should Always Say – Dream Catcher Edition in the month of March. Help me make it happen!
How do you define the impossible? How close have you come to doing what you consider the impossible?
TERRIfic Quip: Find your inner light and let it shine.