Is it really impossible?

I am not a motivational speaker. Therefore, I am not about to tell you impossible is a word that only exists in the dictionary. There are times when you will have to accept things did not work out as planned. Times when you worked really hard on a product launch only for the product to flop. You gave it your best but factors beyond your control stopped it from happening. Those times should be learning opportunities. Study why you failed, extract useful lessons, accept you have failed and move on. You know what not to do next time.

However, there are times when we label tasks as impossible simply because we do not wish to try. At times such as these the word “impossible” is coming not from facts but from a place of fear. We fear to fail so much that we’d rather not try at all.

Sticky note with the word "impossible" written on it
Is it really?

If this situation sounds familiar to you, dig deeper. Why are you afraid to try? Do you need more knowledge, skills, time, information or assistance to get it done? Is it worth it?

Get more knowledge or skill

If what is missing is a crucial skill, make a plan to acquire it. Sign up for an online course, watch a youtube video or shadow someone who has done it before.

Use your network

Talk to your colleagues who have carried out similar projects. One of them might have the crucial information you are missing.

Give yourself more time

Generally, experts are able to finish a task in a shorter period of time because they can rely on accumulated experience. They know the shortcuts to take precisely because they have spent so long doing the same task. If you are just starting out, give yourself more time to complete tasks. You might have to move slower until you acquire enough experience.

Remember if you try but fail it at it, you can proudly say it didn’t work and you have the facts to back it up.

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