Sometimes the only difference between having a power packed day filled with possibilities or a down in the dumps day filled with impossibilities boils down attitude – i.e. whether you have an attitude of possibilities or impossibilities. In my last blog, I promised to post 20 of my favorite quotes. But, I had a change of heart and decided on 10. These quotes will inspire you and serve as a reminder that every new day begins with unlimited possibilities…and in every moment, there are possibilities. I hope they resonate with you as they do with me. They require no commentary, they speak for themselves.
“The future belongs to those who believe in possibilities.”-Daisy Saunders
“Our aspirations are our possibilities.”- Robert Browning
"Your mistake does not define who you are...You are your possibilities." -Oprah Winfrey
“Before you can do something you’ve never done before, you have to imagine it’s possible.” -Jean Shinoda Bolen
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.” -Gloria Steinem
"Often, the only difference between the 'possible' and 'impossible' is persistence. That is, what we call 'impossible
to achieve is merely something we gave up on." -Chuck Gallozzi
"A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us." -Friedrich Nietzsche
“Everyday holds the possibility of a miracle” -Elizabeth David
"So many things are possible as long as you don't know they are impossible." -Mildred Taylor
“I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.” -Henry Ford
For a free download of all 100 quotes (from my booklet 100 Quotes to Inspire Possibility Thinking), go to articles page on this website.
What are some of your favorite possibility quotes? I would love to hear from you.
It would be wonderful if one could wave a magic wand and poof, everywhere you looked and as far as the eyes could see, you only saw possibilities. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Becoming a possibility thinker does not happen overnight. Like anything else, it takes commitment, determination, and practicing some specific actions. It starts with developing a possibility consciousness (awareness or mindset). This means programming your mind to – no matter the circumstances or how bleak things appear to be – look beyond what is happening at that moment; to look for the possibilities outside of that moment.
To help me develop the consciousness, specific actions I took included devouring books and articles on possibility thinking and positive thinking. And, I watched any television show that had anything to do with positive or possibility thinking. Even then, it was clear to me that possibility thinking and positive thinking, though related, were not the same. Two of the first books I read were Dr. Robert Schuller’s, Possibility Thinking and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s Power of Positive Thinking. Recognizing that neither possibility thinking nor positive thinking were concepts I could grasp overnight, I had to find a place to start. I decided to start by changing my consciousness – i.e., the way I thought about the concepts. I had to develop a possibility thinking and positive thinking consciousness or mindset.
I developed that mindset by writing down quotes and positive statements (or affirmations) on possibility thinking and positive thinking. I placed these quotes and statements on index cards and carried them around with me, reflecting on them throughout the day. Each morning, I would select a quote, repeat it, and meditate on it for a few minutes. Over the years, I collected hundreds of quotes. In my next blog, I will post 20 of my favorite quotes taken from my booklet, 100 Quotes to Inspire Possibility Thinking.
How many of you are suffering from the Oprah withdrawal syndrome? Oprah …. The ultimate possibility thinker has positively impacted the lives of millions. Unless you have lived under a rock for the past 25 years, you have heard the Oprah story – the story of the little black girl born into poverty in rural Mississippi; who overcame all kinds of obstacles. And, is now listed among the richest, most powerful and famous people in the world. Oprah is living proof that “anything is possible, when you believe”.
Are you a possibility thinker? Regardless the circumstances, are you always aware of the hidden possibilities? If you are, how did you get this way? What are some of your strategies? We want to hear from you. Tune in next week for some of my strategies for becoming a possibility thinker.
Rethink Possible. That’s AT&T’s newest slogan. Each time I hear or see it, I am reminded of possibility thinking; the mindset that helps you to move from the seemingly impossible to the possible. You may be wondering, “Is this just another way of saying think positively? Although I firmly believe that you have to be a positive thinker in order to be a possibility thinker, they are not the same. Possibility thinking takes you beyond positive thinking. While positive thinking helps you correct faulty thinking patterns, possibility thinking helps you to become aware of the hidden possibilities – even in a bad situation; to see possibilities even when faced with impossible odds. Let me state here that I firmly believe that you have to be a positive thinker in order to be a possibility thinker. Sometimes, when faced with a distressing situation, the only way out is to see what your world would look like when the situation has passed. And, for better or worse (of course, worse is in the eyes of the beholder) everything passes. Remember the saying, “This, too, shall pass.”
To affirm that everything passes, many years ago, a friend’s 14 year old daughter had a serious health challenge. One day, out of desperation, she asked, “How do you keep going when things look hopeless?” I answered, “See her the way you want her to be – healthy and happy; see the possibilities”. To this day, she thanks me for that little nugget of advice. It is now 15 years later and her daughter is a beautiful young woman who is healthy, happy, and the proud mother of 3 beautiful children. I truly believe that anything is possible when you focus on what’s possible and have a knowing (in your gut) that there are infinite possibilities in every situation. I consider possibility thinking one of the great keys to success.
So, how does one become a possibility thinker? Where and how do you start? I would be remiss if I did not give you some specific strategies or actions to take. But, not today! See my next blog for tips on becoming a bona fide possibility thinker. Until I get the hang of blogging, check back here weekly for some more of my thoughts.
Do you think that there are hidden possibilities in every situation - - no matter how dire? I would love to hear from you.