Do you know why you only achieve small victories in your life? Why you may hope or wish for a grand success, but make only meager progress? Why you’ve always dreamed of making a big impact on the world but can’t seem to turn those dreams into reality? The answer is in your vocabulary. You see, you’re letting the word, “impossible” spoil your mind.
But Don’t Jump Off a Building
Don’t misunderstand—there are certain rules of the world we live in which are not to be toyed with; gravity for instance. I’m not saying that you can fly if you just start with a great mental attitude. But I am saying that we are all apt to grossly underestimate our capabilities. When we make up our mind that our dream cannot be done, we have ensured that it will not.
Garbage In, Garbage Out
Your mind is an incredible and powerful machine, and in many ways it is programmed by what you pour into it. When you repeat to yourself that a certain goal or dream is impossible, your mind goes to work to find all the ways that the thing is impossible. If you surround yourself with negative programming (most TV shows) and negative people, you’re programming your mind to bring you failure. On the other hand, if you toss the word, “impossible” out of your vocabulary, you do the opposite—you begin programming your mind to find the ways to achieve the goal you’ve set before it.
A Lesson from the Master
When your goals are in line with God’s plan and you’re programming your mind to seek ways to fulfill your vision, you are in a wonderful place indeed. I believe that this is the concept which Jesus was teaching in this passage in Matthew 17:
14When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, 15“Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16“I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.” 17And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.
19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
Trying Hard Isn’t Enough
Jesus tells the disciples that their lack of faith was the root cause of their inability. Although it appears that the disciples were trying hard to drive out the demon, nevertheless they failed because they did not believe. In order to succeed in that which is difficult, we must first choose to believe that that which we seek is possible. Once we can see the goal clearly and accept that we will be able to reach it, our minds can go to work figuring out how to make it happen. Oftentimes, God will give us ideas along the way that lead us in the right direction. And finally, we must use our minds, passion, and resources to take action toward reaching the goal.
Ok, I Get It
A simple concept, huh? As with most things, this idea is not difficult to understand. Yet, how hard it is to practice! It is a great challenge to believe a thing possible when circumstances seem to indicate otherwise, and all one’s loser friends surround the idea with negativity and discouragement. But of how sweet the reward is for those who will believe their dreams and take action to achieve them.
How about you? What do you dream of becoming or achieving? Are you handicapping yourself by repeating, “it’s impossible,” whenever the dream pops back into your mind? Release yourself from the self-imposed bondage and take action today toward the goal set before you. You have nothing to lose but mediocrity!