Motivational Monday #63 The Limits of the Possible
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Arthur C Clarke
When I stand on a shore line and look at the horizon I can fully understand why the people of old used to think that there was an edge of the world and that ‘there be dragons’ beyond what they could see. Visually when the earth meets the heavens nothing seems possible beyond it.
And that’s one of the things that I love about horizons; they are completely and utterly false. Indeed they are one of nature’s best con jobs. As of course we know in these educated times whether you are in your office looking out of a window or on a rocky beach the horizon that you can see isn’t the end of the world. It’s not the limit of anything except your vision.
And maybe that‘s the point. Maybe this planetary illusion of the horizon being the end of things is there as a message for us. With the things that we can see it’s easy to rationalise, consider and take a view on what is, or is not, achievable. The moment we label things ‘impossible’ we place them beyond sight, beyond the horizon of what seems possible and thus beyond our reach. They become things that other people will do or experience and something that you will only hear about.
So how powerful would it be to extend your horizon? To metaphorically rise up and consider a wider range of possibilities for yourself?
Career wise that might be considering a commission only role due to the compensatory benefits or learning a new skill to change tracks completely. On a partnership level who do you not have a relationship with because you felt that he/she wouldn’t entertain your advances?
You can shrink your world view and reduce your horizon any time you want, and many people in this life would rather you limit your vision because then you are easier to manage but, and this is really important, you always have the choice to expand your horizon.
All it takes is the faith to consider that the world does indeed go on beyond what you can immediately see and to be bold enough to explore the edges of your world.
Good luck with your exploring.Stephen Hart Development Specialist, Edenchanges.com