The Impossible

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations."

     -- Charles R. Swindoll

Take a few moments to do this quick exercise in creativity and overcoming assumptions:

Divide a piece of paper into three columns. In the first column, brainstorm a list of all the things you'd do, if only they were possible. Then in the second column, next to each "want" write the obstacle that makes it "impossible." Then in the third column, brainstorm a list of ways to get around these obstacles. As you're doing this, remember: You don't have to limit your solutions to things you can do personally. Think of ways to leverage the abilities of others!

Look at your list - What do you come up with? Do some of these situations now seem less "impossible"?

Now, going forward, keep your ears open to times when other people say things like, "If only I could...", or "That's impossible...", or "I can't because...". When you hear these sorts of comments, ask yourself, "What could solve this person's problems? How could a business be built around solving this problem for people?" You may discover a great business idea that you can leverage into wealth. At the very least, it will get your mind in the habit of thinking like an entrepreneur.

Original publish date: January 05, 2011