difficult gets done immediately

dead end

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“The difficult we do immediately.

The impossible take a little longer.”

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US Army

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Well.

 

 

While this quote is attributable to the Army my sense is this is the attitude of all of the services.

 

 

Walt Disney said “it’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

 

 

I guess what I like about all of them is the inherent belief that nothing is impossible.

 

 

Or maybe better said is “before you accept the impossible treat everything like it is possible”.

 

 

Too many times I have heard “impossible” thrown out so flippantly as a stop sign for people who don’t want to go the extra mile.

 

 

I guess I have also found that rarely are things 100 percent impossible.

 

Something can always be done.

 

 

 

I admit.

 

 

When I hear “that’s impossible” I typically perk up a little and go “really, impossible you say” and my brain starts going into overdrive thinking of the possibilities of what is … well … possible.

 

 

I don’t think I am that different than a lot of people.

 

 

Virgil got it right:

“They are able because they think they are able.”

 

I do believe that as soon as you start thinking you are able to do something it becomes a little irrelevant if someone else has put the infamous ‘impossible’ label on it.

 

 

Thinking you are able often enables you to do.

 

 

 

Sure.

 

 

 

Some things really are impossible.

 

 

A 4 second 100 yard dash.

 

Looking good in a lime green polyester suit. Seeing if you have no sight.

 

 

But.

 

 

 

That doesn’t mean you can’t finish faster than you may have.

 

 

 

Or find a situation where someone won’t laugh as much when you wear the suit.

 

 

Or seeing things from a different perspective.

 

 

Maybe what i am suggesting is rarely is impossible absolute.

 

 

 

It has degrees of possible within the impossible.

 

 

And what I know for a fact is that our military understands this 100%.

 

Every organization could learn a lesson from them.

 

Given the impossible task they ignore “impossible” and focus on addressing the possible no matter how difficult it is and when that is done someone is already prepared to say:

 

“well, we have gone this far, what the heck, those impossible things we looked at before, damn, they look a little more possible now that we are here.”

And that is the only reason the impossible takes a little longer.

 

 

Think about it the next time someone says something is impossible.

 

 

They are gonna look awful silly when you make the impossible possible at some point.

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