I have big dreams. You probably do too. Or maybe you did long ago. But then, somebody uttered those two words to you: “That’s impossible.” And the dream died. If you’re like me, maybe you’ve even said it to yourself – to your own dreams. Perhaps, like me, you told yourself that today.
But the truth is that the dream never really dies. It just gets shoved into a corner of your mind where it lingers as a constant reminder of what might have been – what could have been. We’ll never know. Or will we?
What’s impossible anyway? And who gets to decide?
Is it impossible for a guy who’s 5’7″ and 133 pounds to play professional basketball against guys who are 6’6″ and 235 pounds? Most people will tell you it is. But then you watch a guy like Spud Webb who didn’t just warm the bench of a professional basketball team but was a starter who ended up being the shortest person to ever win the NBA’s slam dunk contest. He then went on to coach Nate Robinson (who stood 5’9″) to win the event [picture above].
Or Muggsy Bogues who was 5’3″ tall and played professional basketball for 14 seasons. To this day, “he is the Hornets’ career leader in minutes played (19,768), assists (5,557), steals (1,067) and turnovers (1,118) and in assists per game (8.8) and assists per 48 minutes (13.5).” (Source: Wikipedia)
When Henry Ford told a room full of engineers that he wanted to create an engine with all 8 cylinders cast onto a single block, they replied, to a man, “That’s impossible.” After a year of trying (and failing), they returned and informed Ford that it was “impossible.” Ford forced them to press on. And now, it’s one of the most famous engines ever built.
How is it that all of these “impossible” events happened? The answer: they weren’t really impossible. It just took someone who believed in the possibility of it enough to press on in the face of opposition, fear, and doubt. Maybe, just maybe, what’s possible or impossible is not really up to anyone other than ourselves. If we believe it’s impossible – it will be. If we believe it’s possible – it will be.
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can acheive.” ~ Napoleon Hill
Don’t wait for others to tell you your dream is possible. Because, chances are good, they won’t. Not because they don’t love you or care about you or want the best for you. But because, to them, it’s impossible – they couldn’t do what you’re trying to do.
Nobody can. Your dream is unique to you. It was given to you – designed for you – by God based on your gifts, talents, skills, and passions. It wasn’t created for them, but for you. So why should it be possible for them?
The only question that really matters is this: Do you believe it’s possible?
“As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” ~ Proverbs 23:7
What do you think in your heart? I know what I think. Don’t settle for impossible.
Photo credit: Unknown. Will gladly give credit if I can.