Have you ever dreamed about doing something only to dismiss it away as being impossible? Maybe you made some excuse as to why you couldn’t achieve it or why you shouldn’t bother trying. Whatever it is, you’ve labeled it impossible and moved on with your life.
But what if that goal isn’t as impossible as you think? Many things that seem beyond your capabilities could actually just be difficult to achieve, not impossible. In my own experience, many goals I once deemed impossible only seemed that way until I ultimately succeeded.
Here are five steps you can use to make your impossible goals a reality.
1. Deeply examine your impossible goal
The first big step to achieving your impossible goal is to thoroughly look at it. What about it seems impossible? Is it really impossible? Really?
Have any other people achieved this goal? If the answer is yes, than immediately you know that the goal is not truly impossible. All you’re doing right now is saying it is impossible for you.
There are only two legitimate reasons why something might actually be impossible:
• You have physical limitations. For example, a twelve year old can’t become president of the US because of age restrictions. Also a man can’t become a contestant for Miss America.
• You’re limited by space/time. For example, you can’t visit Mars because there is no technological way to get there. Also, if you’re 80 and you’re given only two months to live, you can’t set plans to spend the next five years writing a novel.
Overall, these real impossibilities might encompass about 10% (my general estimate) of any goal you might set. All the others are real achievable goals and should be pursued if you have enough passion, drive and determination to see it through.
2. Ask yourself this: How achievable is it?
Now that you realize your goal is not impossible, you need to look at how achievable it is. Some goals are naturally going to be easier to achieve than others. Becoming President of the United States and losing a hundred pounds don’t have the same difficulty level. While both are actually possible for you to do, becoming president would be much harder to attain.
So how achievable is your goal?
Surprisingly, how achievable your goal is depends more on how committed you are to achieving it than the actual difficulty involved. Do you have enough of these qualities to see the goal to completion?
• Determination to see it through
• Passion for the goal
• Willingness to take risks to accomplish it
• Mental strength to handle setbacks
These are the qualities you’re going to need to see the goal to the end. Carefully look at how much drive and passion you have to finish the goal and how difficult you imagine it’s going to be. More often than not, a goal remains impossible simply because someone doesn’t have the drive and determination to complete it.
3. Define the parameters of your impossible goal
How will you know when your impossible goal has been achieved? This is something you need to know. Just imagine someone who says they want to be a successful writer. What does success mean? Being published? Earning enough to live from writing alone?
Define your impossible goal so you know just exactly where you need to end up. Someone who hasn’t clearly identified where they want to go will just aimlessly work towards some undefined destination. Be specific so you know what specific steps to take.
Keep in mind that clearly defining your goal is good, but being rigid is not. Feel free to change and redefine your parameters as needed.
4.Seek out information to define your tasks
Once you’ve clearly identified where you need to go, you’ll need to figure out what you need to do to get there.
Right now there is so much helpful information through the internet and books about how you can achieve certain goals and dreams. Have you researched everything in detail? Before I take any actions on impossible goals, I always read as much information as possible so I know exactly what to do.
But reading the information isn’t your only resource. Get out and contact those people who have achieved the impossible goal you want to do. Send them an email or call them asking for specific advice on what they did. Read books and articles they’ve written about it. They could provide you with some great information on what you can do.
5. Taking action and corrective actions
Once you’ve compiled all that information, you can lay out the first few steps you need to take in order to achieve your goal. From this point, it’s all about taking action. And the sooner you take action, the sooner you can start seeing results.
Some of those results might not be all that encouraging at first. Think of a beginner writer getting nothing but rejection letters back from publishers. That’s how it usually is with difficult goals at first and should be expected.
But every time you get a setback you can see it as an opportunity to take corrective actions. Got a rejection letter? See if there is any information in it on what you could improve on.
It goes like this:
Take action –> analyze results –> improve previous action –> take action again
Eventually you’ll see marked improvement and start seeing success.
Impossible Goals, Realized
You should never dismiss a goal away simply because you think it is impossible. They often seem intimidating at first, but once you work on them, they become easier and easier. Hopefully these steps have put you in the right direction and you can turn an impossible goal into reality.
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