Not impossible at all

March 9, 2017

When a friend told me the other day that something was “impossible” I was completely taken aback. Because most of the time, the concept of impossible exists only in our minds. It’s a self-limiting belief. If we think it’s impossible, it IS. For us, anyway.

And that belief keeps us from living fully. No matter our circumstances.

But if we believe that anything is possible, we open the door to amazing occurences–including  miracles.

Very few things are not possible. But by giving the idea of impossible air, we put it out in the universe. Just saying it–and believing it–makes it true in our lives.

I get that things can be very dark, indeed, for some of us. Most of the time, though, there is a way out, a way around it or a way through it. At the very least, there’s a different way to look at it.

In my life, the so-called impossible has happened more than once. And more than twice.

So I’m always careful about using–or even thinking— the word “impossible”.

I’d love your thoughts on impossible.



41 comments on “Not impossible at all
  1. stacey says:

    I understand what you are saying and I wish all you needed was desire to get some things done. But I am getting more and more pragmatic and wondering if thats so.I just don’t see some things happenings with the direction the world is going.

  2. robin masshole mommy says:

    This is an awesome message. I do believe anything is possible and I try to put what I want out into the universe so it hopefully comes back.

  3. Lisa says:

    It’s so nice to read such a positive post! You are correct here Carol, we really just need more self belief! And the right support system!

  4. Igor mozek says:

    Don’t bealive in that word. Saw to many times how people are capable of doing awesome things. Just try hard and be persistent. Luck is always needed of course.

  5. I totally agree! I don’t know what the word means! LOL I mean I always do my best to make the impossible, possible. I have done it for YEARS! I’m a whiz at getting bill companies to work with me in pushing back a payment if I don’t have the money at the time it’s due! My husband tells me how awesome that is, but he doesn’t realize what a pain in the you know what it is to do! LOL

    My granddaughter says “I can’t” when she is trying to do something that is a little hard for her, but I try to tell her that she can do it and I show her how, then she does it and OMG that smile she has once she accomplishes it is priceless! LOL I can’t wait for her to master riding her trike bike. She’ll be 3 in July, I told her if she can ride it by then, I”ll get her a bigger bike that she’s always going to. So, we shall see. 🙂

  6. Totally drink this Kool-Aid and I know it’s made a difference in my life.

  7. Impossible does not exist, except in physics!

  8. The word reminds me of the 1965 TV production of Cinderella and the song “Impossible” – that a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage!

    ANYWAY, I dislike the word IMPOSSIBLE but, in truth, there are things in life that are not possible. Aside from those, it’s important to do all we can to reduce what’s thought of as impossible!

    • I think it’s more of an orientation. Surely I will never be African American, but if I approach m life from the idea that things are possible (rather than that some things are not) that’s when the magic happens for me!

  9. R.c. says:

    I couldn’t agree more. The power of positive thought is a key factor in success. It’s easy to fall into negative thinking patterns and suddenly your life seems to be spiraling in that direction. I also think that negativity breeds negativity and visa versa, it’s always easier to get people to be positive to you, if you’re exuding it yourself. Thanks for the blog post. Makes a lot of sense to me!

  10. Diane says:

    Impossible is just I’m possible, contracted!
    We used to joke about the phrase, “They said it couldn’t be done”. I think it is supposed to end with “But I did it anyway!”
    (We used to say, “So I didn’t do it!”)
    But I was thinking about that just the other day. What a sad statement that would be: ‘They said it couldn’t be done, so I didn’t do it!”
    When I get to the end of my life, I never want to have to say that!

  11. Jennifer says:

    I’ve learned that anything is possible is not the right thing to say…I’m a 55 year old 5’1” woman, I think it’s safe to say that it is impossible for me to play in the WNBA now. What I’ve learned to say instead is that there are infinite possibilities. That opens up so much more for me.

  12. Couldn’t agree more, Carol. When I was very little, I had a necklace shaped like a heart that held a mustard seed. Hanging with it was a little gold panel that said “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, nothing shall be impossible unto you.” I’ve kept it for my entire life and I always come back to those words. If we believe something is impossible, well, then it is. But placing the focus on possibility, on the idea that even when it is darkest there is always faith and hope and persistence to get us through – that’s what makes all the difference. I have also faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles in life and truly it was believing that there was some way to succeed, even if I didn’t know what it was yet, is what got me through to the next chapter. Love your post.

  13. Albert says:

    All things are possible “with God”.

  14. Shaheen Khan says:

    I believe in possibilities and strong faith truly does put things that seem impossible within our reach.Being born itself is the greatest miracle that counters the notion of impossible. Having said that there are certain things that are not meant to be, certain circumstances well beyond the realm of human intelligence. This is really a wide and interesting topic.

  15. I think the same…in my life impossibile doesn’t exsist!
    When I think something could be impossibile I make the impossibile to make it believe possibile!!!

  16. eazynazy says:

    I believe in the quote “He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right” and you are right, The word impossible is only in our mind

  17. Torie says:

    Your blog is so uplifting. Glad to have come across it.

  18. Barbara Schlichting says:

    I was always told that I couldn’t do things, so I proved them otherwise. I was told that it’d be impossible to get published, well, now I am. Impossible is an impossible word. It makes me more stubborn.

  19. I have definitely had days where I think it’s impossible to do something. It can be a scary place, especially when there are people who doubt you. I have always loved the quote “Choose Faith Over Worry”. Believe you can and will do it instead of choosing to be afraid. Easier said than done, but it gets me through. Thanks so much for this thoughtful post!

  20. I like your thinking. I never thought of that before. I guess anything is possible in some sort of way.

  21. I love your positivity Carol and your refusal to accept stuff that a lot of people fall in a heap over. It’s all about mindset isn’t it? I’m finally getting into the swing of this and it’s very empowering.

  22. Elizabeth O. says:

    I totally get this. It’s better to think that we can do it instead of immediately creating this illusion that it can’t be done or it’s simply impossible. This is very well said.

  23. blair villanueva says:

    I’ve learned from my former boss/friend that all things are possible. And he can make impossible things possible. With proper negotiation, you can get anything you want.
    I’ve learned that valuable lesson 🙂

  24. I believe that everything is possible if you can see the path. If you can’t see the path ask others for directions. I saw a poster saying Impossible is I’m possible! 😉

  25. When I’m told that something I’m interested in is impossible, I take that as a challenge. Maybe it is maybe it isn’t but I’ll never know unless I try.

  26. Glenda says:

    I agree with Carol, most things are not impossible. If we say or think negative things the universe will create it. Everytime my mind tries to think negative I force it back to thinking positive.

  27. What a great message! Great post. Loved going through it.

  28. Sauumye says:

    This is so beautifully written. It’s so true, nothing is impossible.

  29. SOndra Barker says:

    I have never believed in things to be impossible. I have always believed if there is a will, there is a way. Nothing is impossible.

  30. Bobbi says:

    I love this post! I believe that anything is possible if you truly set your mind to it.

  31. Taty Pradilla says:

    I agree with one of these other comments. Nothing is impossible as long as you put your mind to it.

  32. Angel says:

    I’m living proof that nothing is “impossible”. If you think you can do something, keep trying until you do. I’ve always been able to think outside of the box and get things done, and learned sometimes it’s okay to humble myself and ask for help.

  33. Hi Carol,
    I agree and tell my students nothing is impossible.
    Thanks for coming to the Blogger’s Pit Stop last week.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

  34. Carol, be looking for a feature of this post on Friday’s Blogger’s Pit Stop. Well done.
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

  35. michelle says:

    Nothing is impossible! A lot are improbable, but anything is possible!

  36. Hi, Carol.

    Wow, a deep subject today. I do agree that our life is a reflection of what we say and think.

    For example, when I was in high school, I was a loner. I was extremely shy and would look down when walking. I’d jump out of my skin is called upon by a teacher or if someone said hi.

    All during those 4-years I thought people were mean and that I’d be happiest as a hermit in the mountains.

    Now, 20-years later, I can see that it was my inner world reflecting on the outer world.

    It makes me think, how many other humans are stuck thinking the worst of people and world because their thinking (and speech) is off?

    All that to say, I agree. Impossible is very possible. I’ve seen “impossible” things happen in my life and others.

    Now, for someone who is in the think of the Impossible, it’s not our job to convince them to change their thinking, only to listen and hold space for them.

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