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Wednesday, March 08, 2006 2:41 AM
Beware a false sense of the impossible
Curt Rosengren on Passionate Work

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement... let me go upstairs and check.

- M.C. Escher

One of the things I've learned over the years is that often the impossible isn't really impossible.

How many times have you heard the story of the person who succeeded in turning their dreams into reality despite hearing from people that it's 'impossible?' More times than you can count, I'd guess. It's the standard stuff of entrepreneurial success stories.

They reached their goals because they didn't buy into a false sense of the impossible.

That false sense of the impossible is one of the biggest obstacles I encounter in my work helping people find passion in their careers. It's a voice of doubt, and that voice is in the habit of making up its own version of reality. We get in our own ways by what we (and those around us) believe isn't possible.

Have you ever looked at something you'd really love to do and thought, 'I can't do that because....?' Whatever the reason, you could probably replace it with, 'I can't do that because...that's absurd.'

To that voice of doubt, following your dreams is absurd. Why?

Because pursuing a dream is inherently about jumping off the treadmill and blazing headlong into the Land Beyond the Rut. That's unknown territory, and to that voice, the unknown = DANGER! And so the safest thing is to make it 'impossible' and put a stop to all that nonsense. \n\nOf course, sometimes it really is impossible, but often it's simply a 'reality' that we've created in our minds. \n\nNext time you catch yourself saying, 'I can't do that because,' stop for a minute and ask yourself if that might just be a false sense of the impossible. Check your assumptions. Embrace the absurd, just for a moment, and ask yourself, 'So how could I? What are some possible ways to make it happen?'

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