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Day 12: Define Your Impossible

Too many self-help guides want us to remove the word impossible from our vocabulary, but in reality, there are some things in my life that are impossible.

Listen to the audio, then do the journaling activity below.

PHOTO: This Blue Booby from the Galapagos Islands knows there are boundaries in life and happily lives within them.

Today, I’m going to defend the use of the word impossible. Too many self-help guides want us to remove the word impossible from our vocabulary, but in reality, there are some things in my life that are impossible.

Life has physical, mental and emotional boundaries of possibility. When we are inside those boundaries, things outside those boundaries are impossible. Accepting that fact frees up a whole heap of energy to channel into things we can influence and do.

With that said, there is another indisputable fact of life we also need to accept. The world is on a path of continuous change, and as a result, boundaries change. What is impossible one day ceases to be impossible the next.

Today’s Journaling Prompt…

Open your journal to a place where you have two clean pages looking back at you (aka a double-page spread).

On the left page:

  • Draw three columns.
  • Write these three labels at the top of the columns.
  • Column 1: Definitely achieve
  • Column 2: Possibly achieve
  • Column 3: Impossible to achieve

Now…

Look at your wild adventure from Day 7.

  • What aspects of that adventure can you definitely achieve in the next 3 months?
  • e.g. It could be some learning, conversations, planning, research, or practice.
  • What aspects could you possibly achieve in the next 3 months?
  • What aspects are impossible to achieve in the next 3 months?

Write bullet points in the relevant column.

On the right page:

Make notes of the thoughts that bubble up as you brainstorm the lists. What are you telling yourself? Don’t edit, analyse or justify the thoughts. Just let them bubble up.

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