“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given, than to explore the power they have to change it.
Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion.
Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare.
Impossible is potential.
Impossible is temporary.
Impossible is nothing.”
“You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?””
– George Bernard Shaw
A fully laden Boeing 747 takes to the sky. Weighing close to 400,000 kilograms, this screaming metal beast glides gracefully towards the horizon. The people onboard relax into their flight. They look forward to the journey ahead, with little or no thought for their personal safety. They have no doubts or fears about reaching their destination safely (well most of them anyway). Why? Because it is now an every day occurrence. Because they themselves, or people they know, have flown like this before. Because it’s nothing out of the ordinary.
The passengers may not fully know or understand the science and the dynamics which make their flight possible. Yet they understand that this vehicle, which weighs considerably more than air, can fly.
But what if we had asked their ancestors? What if we had asked them whether it was possible for a mechanical bird, weighing 400,000 kilograms, to carry hundreds of people away to distant lands and bring them back safely? What do you think they’d say? My guess is that they’d say it was “impossible”. Fortunately for us, the Wright brothers and other pioneers of flight didn’t think so. Fortunately for us, they were more willing to consider possibility than to be blinded by the seemingly impossible nature of what they sought to achieve.
In a wonderful interview presented by Hayhouse Publishing, Dr. Wayne Dyer talks about achieving the impossible and living your dreams. Citing the late author and public speaker Judge Thomas Troward, Dr. Dyer makes the point that in order to succeed, we must first “be willing to contemplate the possibility”. He points out that the Wright Brothers had the willingness to contemplate the possibility that man could achieve powered flight. We all know what became of Orville and Wilbur Wrights willingness to contemplate this possibility. We are all the richer for it.
Here’s something else worth remembering: mankind’s ability to fly in this manner and the laws of physics that enable this miracle existed all along… even during our ‘caveman’ days. It only took some development of our knowledge and a broadening of our minds to make it a reality.
It is the mental realm therefore, that is the game changer. Not the physical.
So what about us? What if we all decided to forget about the word ‘impossible’?
What if, like Napoleon Hill (the late author of ‘Think and Grow Rich’) urges, we tear out the word from our dictionaries?
What if we became more willing to consider possibility?
What sort of a world would we live in?
What sort of lives would we live then?