(This blog post was originally written by Chris North in July 2018.)
The other day I was talking to a client about making $10,000, which seemed to her to be an exorbitant amount of money. I asked how long she would need to make (& keep) that much money. “Years”! She said. I didn’t buy it. “Ok” I said. “You’ve got 6 months to come up with that much money, and you’ll probably need double that after tax, tithe, etc. How are you going to do it”? After she freaked out a bit, she gave me a few ways she might be able to come up with the money. Then she crumpling back into “honestly though I think it’s impossible”. So I persisted. “Ok, then. In that case, you’ve only got 10 days. Go”.
When we were done with our session she had figured out at least 3 legal & moral ways she could come up with $10,000 in 10 days if she really wanted to. This made her original challenge of 6 months seem like pure luxury. It’s funny how we have levels of impossibility when, by definition that makes no sense. By definition there is either possible or impossible. I think a lot of times we choose what we think is impossible completely subconsciously based on what our conscious mind tell us to believe. “Your income is fixed”, “this business, city, country, industry, client base, demographic, or position doesn’t pay that much”, “that person is way out of my league”, “I’ve already tried everything”, “our marriage is too far gone”, “there’s no cure for this disease” etc.
I believe we can be (and even are) a community of people who choose to relentlessly pursue what are considered to be impossibilities and find out we if we are wrong rather than passively agree with popular opinions & assumptions of what’s possible. This week I’ve been obsessed with what is occurring to me as impossible. Sure, it might just be. But I’d love to test it and find out for sure rather than assume I’m right and live unchanged and unchallenged. A lot of the times the phrase “impossible” really only means “unwilling”: unwilling to risk, unwilling to work, unwilling to leave our comfort zone and be challenged. But what happens when we challenge and test our view of “impossible” is we often find out (much to our surprise) how wrong we were as things begin to unfold, doors open, and possibilities seem to present themselves out of nowhere.
Thoughts to ponder today
- What would I love to see but think it’s impossible?
- Is it really impossible or is it just unlikely in my current mindset?
- Who would I have to be (and not be) to actually do, have, or be this “Impossible” thing?
- What would I have to give up in order to test what’s possible? Ie. Comfort, feeling good, looking good, and being right.