Have you ever thought of doing something and a voice in your head said ‘impossible’? Me too.
In fact, this happens more often than we think. It’s just so common and recurring that we don’t even notice it. It becomes a thing we accept; therefore, we never even approach it. For example, a person who is afraid of water would imagine it impossible for themselves to be a high performing swimmer. The thought becomes a belief and the belief solidifies until it becomes a part of their identity. Me? A good swimmer? Ha… Hahaha. It becomes literal comedy.
Let me tell you something that I’ve seen happen a few times. A student in one of our classes attempts something they’ve already identified as ‘impossible’ for them. They try with poor effort, and our coach rejects that poor effort and tells them to do it again. Try again. Do the task as if there is a possibility. Sometimes they repeat the same poor effort until it is dismissed again.
This time, they try again with a bit more effort. Pushing against the solid wall of impossibility in their mind they stretch a muscle, extend a breath, straighten a posture, adjust a sitting position. The attempt is better than before but now we see potential. Now it’s not a wonder as to whether or not someone can hear a new sound or make a new sound, there is certainty. The class watches this individual with supportive smiles or laughs. One more time, again, each time with less belief in impossibility and more belief in possibility.
Unexpectedly, they get it right. The change is made, the connection in the mind is established, the sound has come out correct, the ear has picked up a new frequency. In this very moment what I see on people’s faces are the walls of impossibility coming down. They almost look like someone else. When the barriers of psychological limitations are challenged and weakened, our bodies are freed up to transmit a part of ourselves that is true, real, capable. This doesn’t just happen when learning to speak a new language or changing your accent. People experience this in business, sport, fitness, diet, personal growth, etc.
Whenever I achieve something that I once thought was impossible, I still laugh. This time it’s not comedy. It’s a laugh of relief and thankfulness to be freed from the wall of impossibility.
By the way, how on earth did these goats get on this cliff?