Doing the Impossible

Writer's Block IIAre you ready to quit?

I think we all have days when we’re ready to give up. Being an online entrepreneur has a lot of perks, but it also has some pitfalls. Especially when you’re starting out, wondering if you’ll ever reach the point where you’re making a decent living – or maybe even making anything at all.

It all seems so impossible.

Some days, you may be this close to throwing in the proverbial towel and taking up basket weaving. At least people buy baskets, right? Especially around Easter.

I speak from experience. Not about the baskets, but about the feeling that this business is impossible. I’ve had those days, and I suspect I will again. But I’m still here. This is why:

I’ve mentioned my little one, Baby A, several times. He’s eleven months old. For the past few months, he’s been experimenting with pulling up and walking. He hasn’t taken his first solo steps yet, but he’s so close.

I was watching him one night when he’d first mastered standing up by himself. He wasn’t quite taking steps yet, and he hadn’t entirely figured out how to sit down.

As I watched, he pulled up on the ottoman. There was a toy on top of the ottoman that he wanted. He leaned toward it couldn’t quite reach it. He leaned some more. Still couldn’t reach it.

The next thing I knew, he was taking a step. And then another. He grabbed the toy and plopped himself down to investigate it.

He had no idea why I started clapping and telling him what a big boy he was. To him, nothing extraordinary had happened. To me, he’d done the impossible.Blij dat ik sta

It got me thinking. I knew he’d never taken any steps before. That he couldn’t walk yet. But that thought never crossed his mind. He just knew he wanted that toy.

He walked because he didn’t know he couldn’t.

He’s become a little more aware of what it feels like to fall since then. He’ll hang on to the furniture and walk right up to the end. He just hasn’t quite got the confidence yet to take a step without holding on. But I keep catching him forgetting to hold on when he’s busy playing. I know that pretty soon, he’ll get so busy that he forgets he can’t walk without holding on to something.

Then he’ll do the impossible. He’ll take his first steps alone because he’ll forget that he can’t.

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I’m not trying to be overly simplistic here. I don’t think that we succeed in business – or any other aspect of life – because we’re blind to the difficulties. They’re real. We have to deal with them.

But we can focus on what we want, our goals and dreams, instead of the can’ts that other people tell us and that we tell ourselves. When we’re too focused to remember that we can’t, we can do the impossible, too.






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10 thoughts on “Doing the Impossible

  1. Yes on all accounts. I know the feeling of “am I going to make it” or more likely “I’m not going to make it” and watching your child walk the first time. We all have had experiences where people told us we couldn’t do it, yet we persevered and succeeded. We can do it again in this arena. Thank you for the inspiration. I look forward to following you in the UBC.

  2. Great Article, thanks for sharing! I could really relate as both a mom and an entrepreneur, and it was nice having the reminder to stick with focusing on the good to stay motivated and from falling into the pitfalls of despair.
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  3. All The Time!!! I just keep my big WHY in front of me and I move ahead.

    If you know your WHY, you will keep on keepin’ on!

    Your WHY is that thing/reason/person that sparks your inner fire. It is the reason you do something. It fuels your passion to keep going regardless of what happens. No roadblock is too big if your WHY is big enough.

    Thanks!
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  4. I can really relate to this, although I haven’t tried it for business yet, but I do set intentions all the time and know that eventually, they will come to pass. You don’t always have to know HOW something will manifest, you just have to know that it WILL.

  5. I love the way that you have expressed how children don’t quit because they have no real sense of the word “can’t”. We, as adults need to find ways to show this sort of fearlessness when we are trying something new or we stumble over some hurdle.

    Love it – thanks Katie.
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