By Jernavis Draughn
Impossible is always a checklist. We are taught that nothing is impossible in life. Is that answer really true? How many people do you know that’s trying to do something that is defined as impossible? Maybe the belief that something is, “impossible”, is a personal fear, self-limitation, or an opinion? They say curiosity killed the cat, but “curiosity” is the only way we GROW. Curiosity drives you to discover new ideas, learn more, and to explore. The goal is to feed your curiosity daily. Human Performance expert Steven Kotler says, “You have to turn your curiosity into passion; passion into purpose; purpose into patient profit.” Implement twenty percent to autonomy time, to new found ideas, innovation, creativity, new projects, and programs.
In the book “The Art of Impossible”, Kotler defines autonomy as freedom and responsibility, while mastery is the desire to get better at things we do. What we do daily is our life in miniature. What we focus on EXPANDS. We have five powerful intrinsic drivers that compel us to do what we do daily; purpose, passion, mastery, autonomy, and curiosity. The brain is a prediction engine. It’s always trying to predict what’s about to happen next and how much energy will be required by that situation. One of the reason sleep is so necessity is because it is a super power that every human needs in order to achieve great feats in life. Sleep serves to conserve and restore energy into our body.
Excellence requires repetition. Human beings are habit machines. Kotler, explains if your aiming to accomplish the impossible, it demands creating successful routines that lead to consistent progress and having clear goals that tell us where and when to put our attention. It takes grit, at the intersection of passion and perseverance. It is having the will power to stay inspired when you hit rock bottom, after hearing “no” all day, and when you’re the only one who believes. You have to stay committed to your vision. Lastly, to do the impossible, you need a “Massive Transformative Purpose”, where your WHY is bigger than any set back or failure. And after you have exhausted all other options, and you have ONE option left, which is to “Find a Way”. We all have one swing at bat for this journey called, “LIFE”, so make your swing and make it count!
Here’s a few people who lived or currently living there WHY: Jesus, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, Sam Walton, Dr. Myles Monore, Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, John Maxwell, and Elon Musk.
Quote of Day: “Impossible is always a checklist.”-Steven Kotler