Doing the "Impossible"
"Impossible" is an opinion.
If you have been following my blog since March 1, you know that I started a 40-Day Soul Fast. This "fast" is not a physical one where I deny myself food. This fast is a spiritual fast meant to refresh and revitalize my spirit and soul. Each day, I have a topic related to my journey. You can start at the beginning and catch up by going here.
Today I want to talk to you about doing the "impossible." If you want to achieve success in any area of your life, you must give up on the idea that things are impossible.
not able to occur, exist, or be done
If you want to live a life where you break through your own self-imposed barriers, you will have to give up on "impossible." Impossible is sneaky. We are often not aware that we are thinking this way. We don't verbalize the word, but we instead say things like:
I can't do that. I am not qualified or smart enough.
That's great, but it will never happen for me.
This will NEVER get better.
I guess I should give up.
No one like me has ever done that.
This is hard. Oh well, I guess it wasn't meant to be.
This kind of self-defeating talk shuts our minds down. And our minds, what we think, controls our destiny. If you want to Love Your Unique so that you can Live Your Unique, you will have to give up on self-defeating dialogue and the idea of "impossible."
I have recently stumbled upon the life and work of Dr. Brene Brown. She has written several best-selling books including Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection, I Thought It Was Just Me, and Rising Strong. In one of her blog posts, she talks about the wo/man in the arena. She lifts a quote from a speech delivered by President Theodore Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Getting into the arena of life requires you to give up on the idea of "impossible." You have to believe in the power of YOU and get into the arena. You have to believe that your failure is not final and you are not defined by them.
Yesterday, I talked about the hero's journey. I love it when the underdog wins. And you must understand that EVERYONE who has achieved success has at one time been underestimated, criticized, marginalized, and discouraged. If you are not convinced, read about the life of people like Steve Jobs, Sam Walton, Barack Obama, Les Brown, Mary Kay Ash, T.D. Jakes, or Bill Gates. What all of these people have in common is their brave pursuit of purpose and living their Unique. They started the hero's journey, entered the arena, and never looked back.
Take note: they will believe you are brilliant AFTER you succeed and not before.
Today, I want to challenge you to examine your self-imposed barriers. What have you told yourself you cannot do "because_________" - fill in the blank? How are those beliefs keeping you stuck? What would you do if you KNEW that you could not fail? Why aren't you on the pathway to doing THAT?
Beloveds, impossible is indeed an opinion. I encourage you to give it up and pursue your Ultimate Purpose with passion. Your Unique is beautiful and it is the source of your greatness.
Now go out there and "dare greatly."
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