Earlier this year, in the beginning of summer, I challenged my colleagues to do the impossible. Five of us participated and also gave feedback to the following questions:
- What did you choose as your impossible?
- Did you achieve your goal?
a) What helped in reaching your goal?
b) What was difficult?
- What was the effect of you efforts to do the impossible on you?
- What was the effect of reaching / not reaching your impossible?
- What would be you next impossible?
This was no scientific experiment and the results hardy allow any statistically reliable inferences. Anyway, I take the results as anecdotal evidence of the power of striving to do the impossible. In short, the experiences can be summarized in four concise points.
- Be disciplined, then the impossible becomes possible.
- Reducing something in your life can also bring you forwards.
- If something needs to be changed, change it.
- In the end you will have learned a lot about yourself.
Experiencing and witnessing the importance of these four points personally is in my opinion crucial, if you want to change your life. Therefore, even if this is nothing new, it was extremely valuable to see how small steps and changes can eventually lead to big achievements
Below I have summarized in more detail the answers to questions 1 to 5.
What did you choose as your impossible?
Most impossibles were sport activities, either adding or reducing a relatively small amount of sport into the daily schedule. Bringing joy to others and changing eating habits were also chosen as personal impossibles.
Did you achieve your goal? What helped in reaching your goal?What was difficult?
Most participants reached their goal either fully or nearly completely, missing their target on just a few individual days. A good plan, strong resolution, clear scope and small steps helped in reaching the targets. External coaching also helped. Re-starting after a break was difficult, as was introducing completely new habits without any connection to previous ones.
What was the effect of you efforts to do the impossible on you?
The process of going after the personal impossible showed that impossibles are often well within our grasp. Setting and reaching intermediate goals also motivates. Sometimes reducing something in your life can be very beneficial.
What was the effect of reaching / not reaching your impossible?Increased self-awareness, learning to know yourself a bit better, increased calmness and happiness. Reaching something is mainly a matter of consistence, even if the steps taken are small. Changing something that is not working is also an important step.
What would be you next impossible?
Learn to make decisions more quickly, fasting, learn or continue to play an instrument.