“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.” Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali deeply understood that impossible was nothing. Most of us can’t wrap our heads around it, but for him impossible wasn’t a wall or defeat or a fact – it was, instead, an invitation for him to fight harder, do better, find potential. Because we can’t see our way around it, impossible becomes a reason to throw up our hands and declare defeat. We give up because we think who are we to change anything? We believe we’re helpless, the hapless victims of our current circumstances. But, imagine what we might accomplish if we changed our world view and believed that impossible was only a temporary state – a dare even to find another way? There’s no doubt that Muhammad Ali had mad skills, but what he was armed with was a deep belief that there was no mountain too high to climb. Even if we don’t claim to have any special skills, when we embrace this idea that impossible is nothing, the possible becomes infinite. Instead of believing that what we most want – love, money, personal growth – is impossible, rejecting the notion of impossible gives us a new vision. Even if we are unable to see it at this moment, treating impossible as a dare challenges us to go find it. To know deep in our soul that what we want most is right there if only we dare claim it. When we see the potential in the impossible, we find answers that we didn’t even know were there. It also opens us up to the belief that we do actually have the power to change what we see and experience. That everything we want to manifest is within our control. And it doesn’t just belong to those who have special gifts. Indeed, the more that impossible becomes nothing for us, the more special our gifts become.
Weekly Path to Peace: Make impossible nothing.
- What is impossible in your life right now? Where have you hit a wall and said it’s impossible? Do you use the phrase as an excuse to keep you from the things you say you most want? Write out all the ways that saying “it’s impossible” is keeping you from living the life of your dreams.
- This week find the potential in impossible. Even if you feel that your current situation is impossible, look for the opportunity or potential that exists or has opened up. Rather than focusing how difficult your circumstance might be, look for what’s possible and move one step toward that new possibility.
As you begin this week, rate your level of happiness, self-esteem and self-confidence on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied. Notice where you are Sunday evening after you do this week’s peace practice to see if there is a change.