For a long period of time, experts thought that running the four-minute mile was impossible.  Roger Bannister proved them wrong.

Many people also thought that we would never see an African-American President of the United States, at least not in our life-time.  Barack Obama proved them wrong.

I recently read an interesting post by motivational speaker Willie Jolley, that discussed how our mindsets define what we think is possible.

In his post Willie talked about four different attitudes that we have:

It’s impossible.  These are the things that we think just can’t be done.  Not by you, not by me, not by anyone.  When it comes to these things, most people would say, “Don’t even bother trying, you’re just wasting your time.”

It’s doubtful.  These are the things that we think are unlikely to happen.  The odds are against it and you wouldn’t bank on it.

It’s possible.  These are the things that are more likely to happen than not.  They will still take planning and work, but they are well within your grasp to make happen.

It’s a certainty.  You can lock these in.  You can’t miss.  They are an absolute certainty to come to fruition.

Now, just imagine one of your dreams or goals.  Perhaps it’s to run a marathon, start your own business or to pay off your mortgage. 

Think about this aspiration and whether it’s impossible, doubtful, possible or a certainty. 

Now move it up a rung.  If it’s currently an impossibility in your mind, imagine that it’s unlikely

How differently will you act tomorrow in this knowledge?

If it’s currently unlikely, how much more momentum would you have if it suddenly became possible in your mind?

And those goals that at present are mere possibilities.  What if they were a stone cold certainty?  What if you were so focussed and energised that nothing could stop you from achieving your aim?

It’s powerful isn’t it?

Changing your mindset doesn’t automatically make something happen, but it does create new options for action that can be powerful and resourceful.

St Francis of Assisi once said,

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Let’s redefine possibility.

What can you do that you once thought you couldn’t?

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