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Impossibilities are given more weight than they deserve and most often by people who do not choose to pursue excellence. That adds a premium to the perceived value and valor in those who take on the impossible... ...or what is perceived by many to be impssibilities, the Way of Personal Mastery invites you to revisit at least one or two of the things in your own life that remain unaccomplished because of alleged impossibilities.
Impossibilities are, for the most part, features and functions directly opposite to, antithetical to, the Way of Personal Mastery. That is because the Way of Personal Mastery proves again and again that impossibilities are indisputably reversible.
Remember when you were a kid, and your parents, a relative, or perhaps a favorite elderly neighbor told you, "Nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it?"
Believe it or not, some things are in fact impossible:
Pat Riley on many occasions has been described as the most winning coach in NBA history. After barely losing the 1986 World Championship to the Boston Celtics, the Lakers hired Pat to be the team's coach. The players felt that they'd given their best, & had squeezed out every last ounce of effort... yet had lost anyway. Pat's response? "Gentlemen, there are, as you know, five major areas of basketball play. Can each of you, superstars that you are, at superstar salaries, commit to increasing your performance just ONE percent in each of these five areas?" They agreed this was a reasonable goal for 12 of the world's greatest basketball players.
Pat noted that each player improving just 1% in each of the 5 areas would result in 12 men becoming 60% more effective as a team... and since 1% is such a tiny increase, you'd be correct in guessing that the actual improvement of each player was more than 1%: Every man on the team increased 5 to 50% in each area!! At the end of that victorious season, the new World Champions claimed it was their easiest year in memory. What's really powerful is the fact that, nearly 10 years later, Pat Riley decided to create a similar environment with the Miami Heat basketball team: and they began to respond almost instantly by raising their performances dramatically.
Are you satisfied with your performance in all major areas of your life? Is your happiness, and that of your loved ones, worth 15 minutes out of a lifetime?
Under each of these headings, produce just 10 suggestions for improving your performance and satisfaction in each area. Along with your ideas, ask someone who IS doing better than you in that particular area. Obviously, they're doing something right, and in most cases, they will be pleased that you think enough of them to ask; and will be happy to help... BUT DO IT TODAY !!!!
An astonishing total of 84 banks turned down Walter's idea of creating an animated feature before the main feature in movie theaters across the country. How impressive that he didn't stop after 4 banks turned him down, or even 40 banks, or 70 banks.Think about it. Eighty-four banks turned him down. What courage he had not to stop at forty banks, or, as with most people, even one or two banks. A total of eighty-four banks exercised their power to say "NO!"... and yet he kept on going.
You already know that there are countless books and tapes, movies and magazines, countless resources, actually...designed to help you to help yourself and those you care for. Friends, you can't possibly learn less about how topromote/increase your performance or your personal satisfaction in literally ANY area of your life. And since you and I will only have one go-round on the road of Life, aren't we... aren't YOU... worth at least a touch of excellence?
I assure you: excellence cannot occur accidentally;
most influences your eventual altitude in what you do most ardently.
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Impossibilities over here, and impossibilities over there,
if you listen to naysayers, impossibilites are not rare.
Fact is, in this life, it is no trifle to find, such a one-of-a-kind,
impossibilities happen every day, they are the gems of time.
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