Impossible or Inevitable?
Degree of Difficulty
When beginning to work toward a challenging goal, there is a common tendency to dwell on the degree of difficulty. Sometimes this scares us into believing that what we are setting out to achieve is not really possible. Sure, we can describe the goal easily enough, but two minutes later we’re talking about how hard it’s going to be to get there. We forget that difficult doesn’t mean impossible. It can just feel that way when we hyper-focus on the potential obstacles.
From A Distant Vision to An Embodied One
At a workshop for independent business owners that I attended in Tucson last September¹, we were assigned an exercise in which we were to propel ourselves into the future. We were asked to imagine having achieved a big goal we had specified. The instruction was to simply picture it accomplished. In order to do this, we had to temporarily suspend the question of how it would happen. Once we felt ready to fully experience what it would feel like to have reached this goal, we were instructed to take a physical step forward.
As I stepped forward, a word came to me, popping out of my heart: Inevitable. Reaching my goal was inevitable. I said this with a calm confidence and realized my vision was already in play. I was working it, walking toward this future point, and all I had to do was to keep moving on the path.
Embodying your vision means believing it and feeling it. From this powerful state, you can then let your vision guide you to the right actions to take and when.
Before You Attempt the Inevitable
Action without an inspiring vision becomes a grueling to do list, executed with no real faith, a vague sense of purpose, and little excitement. Before you attempt a big goal this year, check in with your own beliefs. What you believe is powering your attempts toward your goal.
Do you believe that what you are attempting is impossible or inevitable?
Each day you have a choice. You can dwell on the difficulty of what you are attempting, saddled with a nagging feeling of doubt, or, you can connect to the inevitability of reaching your goal. You can choose to be inspired by your vision and the “memory” of what it will mean to be victorious.
This Week: With a partner or alone, use the technique below, compliments of business coach, Terry Hickey², to see your goal accomplished.
Stand up and close your eyes. Have a partner read you each step and jot down your exact words.
You can recall the insights from this exercise any time and ask your future self for guidance. Crystallize the wisdom you receive and remember how it feels, so that you can tap into it when needed.
Here's to you,
²My thanks to Terry Hickey, NLP Professional Business Coach, for sharing this exercise. Learn more about Terry here: businesssuccesscoaching.com