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Impossibility Thinking  30.07.2007

My parents have a palm tree in a large pot near the pool. There is another palm tree in the front garden. Both trees were planted about the same time, yet one has blossomed and grown more than four times the height of the other. The reason is obvious: the palm tree in the pot cannot spread its roots to get the nutrients it needs to grow and reach its potential height. So how does this story relate to us?

We might be feeding our bodies the right food and water, but are we receiving the other nutrients we need to realise our true potential? Our thoughts are very much like the roots of the trees: they either cage us in or expand our existence. If our thoughts are negative and limiting enough, they form a pot or cage around us (through beliefs) that shield us from our true potential. We might want to be more, do more and have more, but we are shielded from the incredible possibilities that lay within us. What makes the situation worse is that many people have no idea that these possibilities exist. Using the tree analogy, they cannot see beyond the barrier that holds them to their current reality, failing to see true possibility. The tree in the pot cannot see the size and greatness of the palm tree in the front garden. If it could see, it may then find a way to break free from the pot to find new soil to grow into true magnificence.

Henry David Thoreau said the “mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”. He knew that many people live with an inner frustration that they are not being all that they were born to be. They might be happy to some extent, yet they still feel there is something missing. For these people, the energy, passion and excitement are difficult to retain for any sustained period of time. Until now…….

Impossibility thinking is a way out of our shielded reality. It is a way to break the chains that bind us to our current surroundings. It enables us to receive the ‘mind-nutrients’ we need to realise our true potential for a fulfilled and happy life.

Fast forward your life five years from now. If you keep the same (or similar) thoughts, beliefs and actions, then where will you be in the following life areas: health, wealth, happiness, career, relationships, spirituality, etc? Will you be truly happy and fulfilled? My hope is that the answer is a big ‘yes…..absolutely’. But if your answer is: ‘it depends’, then you would be right. What does it depend on? Many think that it will depend on outside circumstances as to whether or not they will be truly happy and fulfilled. The key, however, does not lie in what is happening on the outside, but what is indeed happening within your mind. It is not what happens to you that makes the difference - it is how your mind responds to what happens to you that determines your future. Impossibility thinking can give you vitality, juice and drive that you have possessed at various moments in your life.

So, what is impossibility thinking?

It is ‘thinking without boundaries.’ It is like the palm tree in the front garden with an unlimited supply of nutrients to grow and expand in any way it chooses. Impossibility thinking involves you ‘reframing your life’ as you pretend to look at it through the eyes of another – one who believes in you 100% with unwavering faith and encouragement. It’s like having a personal coach with you all the time telling you that you ‘can’ do it…..that you can indeed achieve anything you set out to. It is like that coach knows how to shut out the sounds of others who say that it cannot be done.

So, how does one gain this new way of thinking?

The answer lies in changing your thinking – when feelings of doubt, frustration, despair or the like surface, immediately shift your focus. By shifting your focus, you shift the possible outcomes to be anything you wish them to be. Viktor Frankl said in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, that the Nazis in the concentration camp could do whatever they wanted to his body, but they were powerless to do anything to his mind. He chose where his thoughts went, and therefore the true power was his. Just like Frankl, the true power we possess lies in our minds. Walt Disney was told he was a dreamer. Paul Cove was told that the Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb would never get off the ground (pardon the pun). And Thomas Edison was told he was ‘too dull to learn’. They believed when others had doubts. They chose impossibility thinking and so can you.

What goes on in your mind’s ear, will either give you confidence or fear. Confidently seek out the life you want, and true fulfillment can be yours along with the realisation of your amazing potential to succeed. Enjoy the journey.

‘Search your heart, open your mind, live the dream.’

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