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: