“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live 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.” – Muhammad Ali
I can say that I have learned this quote to be true as I have watched my own life unfold. So many things that I thought to be impossible turned out to be absolutely possible with a little ambition, a lot of hard work, and the tenacity to go for it even when it was scary and intimidating and overwhelming. I can say that I have seen time and time again my own confidence and faith grow as I would set huge goals that seemed almost laughable when I set them because they were so far out of my reach, only to have them come true once I had done everything in my power to make them happen and after a huge amount of help from God. I know that when you have belief, hard work, and faith, impossible can become nothing.
I struggled with self-confidence early in my life, just as so many of us have. I often felt small and insignificant and incapable. What I learned over the years is the only way to overcome those feelings of fear is to take steps forward, even when you are the most afraid of failure and uncertainty. Recognize and acknowledge to yourself that you are feeling afraid, but never let that fear stop you from moving forward.
Look, there are very few things in this life that are ever certain, and you are never going to know ahead of time what will succeed and what will fail because life is full of changes and surprises that quickly can send things down an entirely different path then we expected. Some things that seem like a failure turn out later to have been the very thing that brought us to our biggest successes. Just because you can’t see the final act of your life’s play yet, doesn’t mean that it is doomed to end unhappy or as a failure. There are going to be plenty of ups and downs between today and the end of the play so trust that when its all said and done you will have the “lived happily ever after” fairytale ending that you are hoping for. But every Cinderella has to deal with a few wicked step sisters and having no dress to wear to the ball and losing a glass slipper, before she finally ends up meeting her Prince Charming. That is just the reality of life. Things may appear dark some days and things may appear to be heading in all the wrong directions, but just keep your mind focused on doing the best you can every day…putting yourself out there…continuously moving forward…and have faith that one day your story will end up the way that it should with your happily ever after flashing across the screen.
Impossible is nothing. Fairy tales come from that notion. Magic can happen in life if you believe, then go do everything in your power to make it be so, and put your faith in God – he will send Fairy Godmothers into your life just when they are needed most to help you on your journey. Don’t hold yourself back. Be bold. Be brave. Be that one person who makes a difference in the world.
“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person. ” – Richard Buckminster Fuller