Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Realistically Impossible

I've been pondering the word "impossible" a lot these days.

Hmmmm. Why am I doing this? I do have a huge project looming so the word has marched into my mind a few times. How on earth can I possibly complete this task? Is it impossible for me to do what is necessary? What will I do with the information I have to transform what feels like an impossible task into a possible one? I've mulled the task. I've moaned about the task. I've danced around the task. I asked for encouragement about the task. And I received support in super spades.

But it wasn't until I started the task that I realized that it was possible. Sometimes just starting a task means you will find a way to finish it even if you aren't sure how you will accomplish the end result.

Okay, that was easy enough. Start working and the impossible can become possible.

When I have power over the motion of toward the goal, any task can become possible. Well, any task that doesn't require bungee cords, parachutes, trapezes, and a steady hand becomes possible. I've written about being realistic about setting goals. Not all of my goals were under my control. I knew when I posted the goals of "get an agent and get an editor" that I was going to hear that I could only control how I pursued that goal.

I learned from a workshop presenter that it's okay to set these goals because they become imprinted in my mind and can transform my internal thought processes. Sure, I know these goals are realistically impossible for me to achieve on my own. I can't hogtie an agent or an editor and tell her/him to take me on as a writer. That wouldn't go over very well. But I can believe in the goals becoming a reality one day.

Writing them down gave me ownership over my belief.

The mere act of writing down the realistically impossible gave me a little burst of energy. A power over my self-doubts. I developed a singularly strange inner confidence by sending my ultimate goals into the universe. I began to believe that all my goals were achievable. I was no longer constrained by the need to check them off my list in a timely manner. No. I was released from my inner demons of doubt and anxiety to do the other tasks that were necessary to achieving the realistically impossible.

Saying something can happen often makes it happen. I don't know how this works. I just believe it does.

"There is no  use in trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things." 
"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Lewis Carroll

I've dissected the word impossible and discovered this amazing fact:

I'm Possible.


Pam said...

I think you're onto something here. The only reason not to set a goal of any kind is fear. The thing that keeps us from getting started is fear. Anything is possible! I'm shooting for the stars!

Anne Gallagher said...

And yes -- I'm possible.

Nothing is impossible. Nothing. They put a man on the moon when the naysayers said it couldn't be done. I won't list all the impossible things but you know what they are.

You just gotta believe.

Lexi said...

I'm proof of the impossible. I've got a book deal and an agent and my writing dreams are coming true. So, impossible CAN become the possible! Keep on keeping on and believe in your 'I'm possible.'

Kelliejwin said...

I also believe anything is possible. You are so right when you say that by just making the decision to begin the task that you find a way to finish it. We definitely do change our internal thought process the more we tell ourselves we can accomplish things. Recently, I've embarked on somewhat of a scary life adventure - one that is necessary and I believe that I wouldn't have the strength to follow through with it if there wasn't something better for me out there than the way I was living.

KarenG said...

Cool! I'm possible! I love it. I totally live for goal setting. Oh, and lists. Otherwise my life would be complete chaos.

Lynn Raye Harris said...

I know for a fact it's possible and that you can do it. :) One day at a time. You'll get there.

Christine said...

Hi Pam: Fear is the wall that we must break down, sometimes daily, moment by moment, if we are going to achieve our goals. I'm glad you are feeling the fear and finding the courage to rise above it!!

Hi Anne: You know it is pretty cool that we can put men on top of a huge tank of gas and send them orbiting into space to land on the moon. I love that visual. I am officially putting on a space badge and becoming a star seeker.

Hi Lexi: You are an example of how pushing for the impossible to happen can lead to the success you deserve. I can't wait to read your debut novel and to interview you on Digging out of Distraction. You amaze me!

Hi Kellie: I'm glad you found the courage to make a major life change because you value yourself. This is so important. I'll be cheering for you to make great strides in the future!!

Hi KarenG: Lists are my life. I can't seem to function without them. But I don't do a daily one. I do a weekly one. Seems easier to manage for me. *I'm Possible* could be on my wall in big letters!

Hi Lynn: Thanks for all your encouraging words. You make me believe in the future possibilities by your example and your support. May all good things continue to bring you joy in your work!

Patricia Preston said...

If I can get my revisions done by April, I will have done the impossible. First, I have to get off Blogger...LOL

Christina Wolfer said...

I've always been told that if you focus on a goal or dream, you (thanks to our dynamics brains) begin, sometimes without knowing it, doing things that lead to achieving that goal or dream.

I believe you are possible.

BTW, it's been awhile since I've been by your blog. I LOVE the look!

Christine said...

Hi Patricia: I think that a little foray into blogger world kind of helps us overcome the impossible. You go girl! And I'll be rooting for you to get the revisions done on time :-)

Christine said...

Hi Christina! So good to see you back on the veranda. I'm glad you love the new look. My darling teen did the whole thing for me. She's amazing. I see you achieving so much this year and I'm thrilled for you!!!!

Keep being *possible!*


Gwen Hernandez said...

"I'm possible." Love that! This is a great post, Christine! It's so easy to get overwhelmed by large goals and daunting tasks.

Taz and I were just talking about it yesterday. Barbara Sher's book (Wishcraft) talks about breaking an overwhelming job/task/project/goal into smaller and smaller chunks until you get to something you can do today. Then do it. Then do the next thing the next day.

Without the insight from that book, I'm not sure I ever would have started my own business or gone to grad school. Now it's almost second nature to break everything into steps I can handle.

Good luck with your big project!

Christine said...

Hi Gwen: I'll have to check out that book. Sounds like one I should have on my shelf or in my NOOK. I consider tasks that are large are like elephants. I can only eat one bite at a time.

Still plugging away :-)