The Pursuit of Possibilities
Growing up, my dad used to say; “Curt there’s the possibility and the probability. There’s always the possibility.” Do we focus on the probability so much that we question whether it’s even possible?
We have to stop counseling with ourselves, when we know nothing on the topic.
As an example, do we say things like…
– “I could never do that”
– “I could never be like that”
– “Well of course he can do it, he’s a natural”
– “Things never work out for me”
I used to think that the whole world was filled with Olympic gold medalists and astronauts, and that everyone else was either very smart or very talented. In school I had to study very hard just to get an average grade, while some didn’t study at all and got A’s. The words my dad spoke to me as a kid,”There’s always the possibility”, started to fade away because I started to think I wasn’t good enough to compete and the possibilities were not endless.
Then I plugged into a Leadership system and realized once again that things are possible and I can achieve anything I want. It doesn’t matter about I.Q. or how talented a person is. It only matters how hungry one is. From the words of Henry Ford “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t… your right.” or from Napoleon Hill “Whatever a mind can conceive and believe it shall achieve”.
So if everything’s possible, where do we start? How do we pursue something as broad as possibilities? Well, we need to simplify. “Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter least” said Goethe. As Dr. Norman Vincent Peale writes, “Seek knowledge and clarity. Once you can visualize clearly, your attitude and your confidence soar. Therefore, your probability to succeed soars also”. We have to visualize our dreams. We need to get emotional about the logical. So pick yourself out a few of the trillions of possibilities you would like to accomplish, because people are like dynamite… the powers on the inside, but nothing happens until the fuse gets lit. It doesn’t matter if you’re a skinny young man that failed to make the high school basketball team, that others some day would know you as Michael Jordan. Or if you were a humble little girl by the name of Agnes Gonxha Bojarhiu who wanted to help the poor and wondered what she could possibly do on her own. The world one day would know her as Mother Teresa. “You become what you think about”. said Earl Nightingale
I would like to end with a story I found called “The Young Eagle”.
The nest of young eagles hung on every word as the Master Eagle described his exploits. This was an important day for the eaglets. They were preparing for their first solo flight from the nest. It was the confidence builder many of them needed to fulfill their destiny.
“How far can I travel?” asked one of the eaglets. “How far can you see?” responded the master eagle.
“How high can I fly?” quizzed the young eaglet. “How far can you stretch your wings?” asked the old eagle.
“How long can I fly?” the eaglet persisted. “How far is the horizon?” the mentor rebounded.
“How much should I dream?” asked the eaglet. “How much can you dream?” smiled the older wiser eagle.
“How much can I achieve?” the young eagle continued. “How much can you believe?” the old eagle challenged.
Frustrated by the banter, the young eagle demanded, “Why don’t you answer my questions?” “I did.”
“Yes, but you answered them with questions.” “I answered them the best I could.”
“But you’re the master eagle. You’re supposed to know everything. If you can’t answer these questions, who can?”
“You”, the old wise eagle reassured.
“Me? How?” The young eagle was confused.
“No one can tell you how high to fly or how much to dream. It’s different for each eagle. Only God and you know how far you’ll go. No one on this earth knows your potential or what’s in your heart. You alone will answer that. The only thing that limits you is the edge of your imagination.”
The young eagle puzzled by this asked, What should I do?”
“Look to the horizon, spread your wings, and fly.” By Tom Reilly
We shouldn’t only look outside ourselves and dream, but look inside ourselves and awaken.