Reverend Schuller is an elderly man who is a televangelist and is known for his program, Hour of Power. He has also written many self-help books including the classic, Move Ahead With Possibility Thinking. Dr. Schuller came out and immediately let us know that he only had 13 minutes left to speak. He would give us updates every couple of minutes on where the clock was at. After the first update on where he was at with time, his voice immediately hit a very powerful and loud crescendo as he proclaimed, “CUT THE WORD IMPOSSIBLE OUT OF YOUR LIFE!” Whoa! That hit me between the eyes with the force of a sledgehammer. Cut the word impossible out of your life. What a powerful statement.
When you hear this proclamation, what immediately comes to mind? What have you considered impossible in your lifetime? What about your fitness goals? Do you think it’s impossible to lose that last 20 pounds? Do you think it’s impossible to become healthier? What about your career? Is it impossible to think you could be a financially secure? Do you think it’s impossible to have your own business? I say absolutely, positively it is NOT impossible to achieve what you want to achieve!!!
We all have this wonderful organ in our heads called the brain (yes, I’m serious….look it up!). In our brains, we are able to consciously and unconsciously control our destinies. One of my favorite mantras is, “What you believe, you will achieve.” We can train our unconscious minds for achieving the impossible. Our values, thoughts, ideas, etc. are all a function of our environment. We are influenced by our parents, colleagues, spouses, friends, the media, etc. What we do with all this information is up to us. As an individual, we make the decisions on how we will live our lives and accomplish our goals.
One of the obvious examples of achieving the impossible is Lance Armstrong. Here is a guy who had Stage 3, yes, STAGE 3 testicular cancer that had metastasized to his abdomen, brain and lungs. It would be impossible to think he would go on to win seven Tour de France races in a row.
Or think about putting a man on the moon. I am sure people in the 40s, 50s and probably early 60s were thinking that was impossible. Yet there it was, in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin bouncing around on the moon.
I challenge you to look at your goals and the preconceived obstacles and truly think if your goals are impossible to achieve.