How to overcome the fear of impossibility

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They say the easiest way to make an impact is by becoming rooted in your purpose regardless of the odds. You may have many ideas about how you want to cement your legacy and I am not here to discourage you. As a matter of fact, I am here to remind you that you can do it.

The most cliché statement in the 21st century is, “The Sky Is The Limit.”  As cliché as it, I am here to remind you that before you encountered detours and had an encounter with impossibility, you were unafraid to dream. Therefore, it is my duty to assertively tell you that THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.

Impossibility is only something that we come across when we shift our eyes off the prize. It rids our lives of the peace that exists when we live from a place of hope. Impossibility belittles our capacity to evolve into who we were created to be.

Most importantly, impossibility is the most lethal poison to purpose. The big question is, how do you; an aspiring leader live from a place of hope and not impossibility?

Award winning author Bob Burg tells his readers, “To completely live outside the circle of impossibility, you need to welcome it but always choose to outsmart it.”

In laymen terms, it is not possible to live without doubt or fear. Psychologists reinforce the idea that people fail to reach their full potential is because many are trying to appear ‘invincible’. The drive to accomplish your dreams does not lie in you running from the genuine feeling of doubt you have in yourself.

True inspiration comes from admitting the existence of your fears then choosing to take a leap of faith regardless of how scared you are. Human beings should therefore stop trying to pretend that impossibility is not a thought that comes to them. They should rather welcome the feeling, take a deep breath and consciously decide to try and accomplish their dream.

In short, faith in your dreams needs you to welcome the idea that you are scared but do it anyway. That is how perseverance is born. We persevere not by the absence of fear but by the evaluation of how we kept pushing towards our dream despite the presence of the fear.

You are probably asking yourself on where you are going to start. Your dream is so big and it does not seem to have a linear path to follow for you to accomplish it. My advice is simple, BREAK IT DOWN.

It might start with a simple Google search on what qualities you need to start becoming qualified to handle your dream. Ultimately, you will consciously decide to study the field you want to lead in and how you can START FROM THE BOTTOM.

It is important to note that nothing starts as big as you imagined it. You need consistency to develop it into that big reality you imagined. Once you start from the bottom, your work ethic develops, you become strong to handle adversity, and you become wiser and filter what can and cannot be done as you grow. Your experience of starting from the bottom is actually the most important because it cultivates you to being fit enough to handle your coming success.

The following generic model will help you break down your huge dream into small manageable chunks;

Definitions;

  • Ultimate Goal: something that you feel is a fulfillment of your purpose.
  • Sub-goals: the small requirements that will help you achieve the purpose. (e.g. raw materials such as equipment or capital)
  • Actionable steps: What will you do to reach those goals? (e.g.talk to X, get a loan, and e.t.c.)

In conclusion, your dream is not far-fetched, it just needs your focus and commitment. It’s time to start working, and yes, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.

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Grace is an uprising youth activist who uses her voice to inspire and inform. She has worked internationally as the Deputy Secretary General with Model UN Impact. This is where she advocated for youth inclusivity in the implementation of the SDGs and further launched projects such as PHAHAMA MOSALI. She is currently the youngest SDGs Ambassador for the internationally renowned Global Citizens Innovative Solutions SDGs Challenge.