Achieving the Impossible (The Ultimate Guide + Image Quotes)

1. Establish both realistic and improbable goals

Tasty Brand's founders want to see more organic baby food options. Scott Harrison of charity: water wants to see developing countries have access to safe drinking water. While both of these objectives are attainable, creating a snazzy new product line seems insignificant in comparison to bringing clean water to the world.

However, both types of goals – realistic, clearly achievable ones and large, seemingly insurmountable ones – are necessary to help you progress in your life. Making progress on smaller goals motivates you to take bigger risks and achieve bigger goals. Having big goals also helps you stay motivated and understand that what you're doing matters.

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2. Put in the effort

Impossible goals take time to achieve, and you won't get there by sitting still, making plans, and fantasizing about how great it will be once you achieve them. Instead, you must make it a daily, hourly habit to do the work necessary to move you forward, no matter how difficult that work may be.

Mark Cuban, entrepreneur, Shark Tank regular, and Mavericks owner, worked hard at each of his stupid, tough, dead-end jobs, telling himself that he “was getting paid to learn and every experience would be of value.” Then he started his own business and had to work even harder: “I'd get so involved with learning a new piece of software that I'd forget to eat and look up at the clock thinking it was 6 or 7pm and see that it was 1am or 2am.”

3. Persuade Others to Collaborate with You

You can't do it all on your own. When you're pursuing big goals, you need to assemble a group of people who are supportive, smart, and upbeat. If you only have a few close family members and friends cheering you on as you run the marathon, make sure they understand how important they are to your success. And, if you're starting a business, launching a product, or attempting to dominate a market, put together a team that is a good fit.

According to Sarah Shupp, CEO and Founder of UniversityParent, it is critical to hire people “much more intentionally and carefully.” I made several hiring mistakes early on because I was under pressure to fill a seat rather than find the right fit. This strategy almost never yielded positive results.”

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4. Make No Excuses

Excuses do not aid in learning. They do not aid in your development. They do not assist you in improving yourself, learning from your mistakes, or making progress. They simply make you feel better in the moment about what you haven't yet accomplished.

If you want to achieve the unachievable, you must first accept full responsibility for every decision, action, and moment of your life. Sylvester Chisom learned from his single mother, who supported him and his sister as a hardworking entrepreneur. Chison, who is now a successful entrepreneur, says she inspired him to bootstrap his own way to success, and he is now paying it forward with his $50 Startup Program for Schools.

5. Don't undervalue others

People are much more capable than we imagine, and they are willing to invest in something that is important to them. Spend time cultivating relationships that will help you grow as a person, and you will reap the benefits throughout your life. And be selective in who you work with or pursue goals with; not everyone will share your vision, but those who do can propel you to success.

According to Cyrus Massoumi, CEO and founder of ZocDoc, the best advice he ever received was to remember that “your first 20 hires…will make or break your company.” Your business, or brand, is the sum of its parts. It is made up of people, and better people make for a better company.”

6. Be Prepared to Fail

Cass Phillipps didn't waste time lamenting the loss of her start-up when it failed. Instead, she discovered how to celebrate failure as a means of learning a better path to success. The lesson was so important to her that she founded FailCon, a conference where hundreds of people share – and learn – about how they failed and what they learned from those failures.

“People who use failure to become more successful see failure as a learning experience,” Phillipps says. When you know you can handle falling face-first, you'll be able to learn from it and use that wisdom to push yourself up and back toward success.

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7. Be Willing to Make Sacrifices

Pursuing a big dream necessitates putting aside small dreams: sometimes for good, sometimes for a season, while you devote your heart and soul to whatever your impossible goal is.

Rachel Federmen, wife of entrepreneur Ben Federmen, believes that understanding how much a start-up, like any major goal, will detract from other aspects of your life is critical. “You almost have to treat it like you're on a wave—when it hits you, you have to ride it and do your best to stay healthy,” she says.

8. Make Use of Your Strengths

Achieving large, even unrealistic, goals is possible, but only if those goals require you to work consistently in your areas of weakness. You can work hard, but if you don't work hard in your areas of strength, you're limiting your ability.

Isaac Newton's mother wanted him to take over the family farm and sent him away to do so. He utterly failed. Farming was a monotonous physical activity that did nothing to stimulate his active mind. Would he have succeeded if he had set out to be the best farmer ever? Most likely not; his strengths were not in working the land, but in using his mind to work through figures, theories, and analysis. When he found work that suited his abilities, he was described as having “extraordinary genius and proficiency in these things.”

When pursuing a large goal, it is critical to maximize your ability, which means knowing and working primarily in your areas of strength.

9. Do not give up

A few misses here and there can be discouraging, but what about a big miss? What about having your motives called into question, facing bankruptcy, losing your home because you mortgaged it to pursue a dream, or watching one start-up after another fail?

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“I've been involved with companies that hit dead ends, had business ideas I couldn't get off the ground, been in situations where I desperately wanted to succeed but were on a path to failure,” says Brad Keywell, co-founder of Groupon and Lifebank. But, according to Keywell, holding on to the bigger dream of success with bulldog-like tenacity pushes you through every single failure. “My ability to overcome adversity has frequently been linked to a refusal to accept defeat and a willingness to explore alternative game strategies.”

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