“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” Vince Lombardi
Vince was right and wrong at the same time.
As leaders we are presented everyday with situations that are described by others as “impossible” and yet we find a way through. What allows the impossible to be possible is simply based on the leader’s ability to listen to all those who are telling you why it can’t happen and what the obstacles are to achieving the impossible. Once you understand all the parameters of an impossible situation you can find a way through. The ability to listen to all the concerns and face reality is fundamental and critical to making the impossible possible.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” — Audrey Hepburn
Making the impossible possible requires a mindset that says, “there is a way through”. If you do not have this world view than anything impossible remains so…
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho
The achievement of making the impossible possible only requires one thing… you will have to change, you will have to shift your own mind-set, and you will have to move forward in a new way. Below are the requirements and considerations for moving in a new direction:
Define the new and impossible future clearly
Tell at least ten people how passionate you are about the new future
Take an honest look at yourself and ask “what do I have to change about my stlye or skills to lead into this impossible future?”
What I actions and activities am I doing today that will have to change to lead the impossible future?
What do I have to start doing now?
Who do I want to surround myself with to get feedback to be the best possible leader to achieve the desired outcome?
As a leader once you shift into new skills and actions the movement towards achievement of the impossible starts. The more you operate in the impossible future state, so too do those around you.
I have personally done this many times in my life time and I get the good fortune to help others to move into the impossible everyday. The ability to move beyond our comfort zone and into the impossible strengthens our core skills as leaders to move mountains.
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney
Go ahead, think big and start moving in the direction of your dreams.