Is nothing IMPOSSIBLE?

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

The 6 PURPOSES that all companies fall underneath!

Your purpose will produce your profit. When you find your why, you will find your way. Michael Hyatt, says people loose there way, when they loose there why. The reason why you do anything will always determine the outcome. Your reasons will reap the results your trying to achieve. Tony Robbins discusses we all have six core human needs that drive us to do what we do in life; Love/connection, certainty, uncertainty/variety, growth, significance and contribution. When we learn what intrinsically motivates us, only then we can continue to ignite that fire to keep going. Learning what makes you feel fulfilled and happy eternally will help discover your purpose.

Here’s a few questions to help you discover your purpose. What service would you do for free? What does your dream job look like? What would you be doing? If you could design and create your life today for what you would be doing in the next 24 months, what would it be?

In the book The Advantage, by Patrick Lencioni he examines the six purposes that every company will fall underneath.

  1. Customer. This purpose is directly related to serving the needs of an organization’s customer or primary constituent.
  2. Industry. This purpose is all about being immersed in a given industry.
  3. Greater Cause. This kind of purpose is not necessarily about what the organization does, but about something connected to it.
  4. Community. This purpose is about doing something that makes a specific geographical place better.
  5. Employees. This purpose is not about serving the customer in the industry, or the region, but rather about the employees.
  6. Wealth. This purpose is about wealth for owners.

As the leader of Athletes Global, I’ve learned that your purpose will drive the team forward. Over the last year, we’ve became maniacal focus on what our mission and intent is for delivering our services and products. Our purpose is to develop future leaders through educational, sports and fitness services. We fall underneath the greater cause and providing a great customer experience. Clarity is power, and purpose trumps strategy. When everyone is clear on the organizations mission, everyone grows in the right direction.

Quote of the Day: “Your purpose defines your priorities.”