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Impossible is just a word.

August 20, 2019

 

Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn't fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn't dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?

 

Often, we dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust in our attic. This is a sad turn of events in our life. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing. But you know what?  Life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.

 

The most common problem to setting goals is the word impossible. Most people get hung up thinking I can't do this. It's too hard. It's too impossible. No one can do this.

However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.

 

Remember that scientists were baffled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee. Theoretically, they said, it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Unfortunately for the bumble, bee no one has told it so. So fly it does.

 

On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations. 

 

If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging on to the impossible dream.

This photo was taken by Sweet Escape London last December 2017. When I was a child, I dreamed of becoming a broadway/west end star or an international star. These dreams vanished when I got married. No regrets, as I was happily married for 8 years until my husband passed away due to Dengue Encephalopathy. (Yes, it's that dreaded virus from skeeter bites!) Moving forward, when I first came in London, I could smell, feel and visualize my international dreams sprouting in my imagination again and again. Reality hits me, my visa doesn't allow me to work in London. But aha! I can study, do recordings and sell it worldwide (that's technically not working in London yeah?!). So fast forward... studying in West End was big for me, stepping in a top caliber recording studio in the UK was a big dream for me, getting in the stage of Long beach performing arts to compete for the World Championships of performing arts and in the famous O2 arena for the grand finals of Open Mic UK were super big dreams for me, getting my songs on Spotify and having a debut music video directed and produced by an international team is really big as well.

 

Now I have achieved those, I am off to BIGGER dreams. Two years ago, these dreams were a laughing stock when I tried to pitch it to possible sponsors. Some ignored, and some turned me down straight to my face. I started with not much resources. But if you really want to fulfill your dreams, there are no excuses. You have to be creative, resourceful and you have to work smart and hard. The world has a lot of resources.  

 

Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard end up disappointed and disillusioned. On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to be on the moon, they would laugh at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. But, through sheer desire and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.

Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be had work and discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one.

Ask any gym rat and he or she will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, "No pain, no gain"? That is as true as it can be.

So dream on, friend! Don't get caught up with your perceived limitations. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will just about find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible.
 

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