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Everything is Impossible Until You Do It

Impossible.

It’s a word we’ve all used to describe a daunting situation we are staring square in the eyes. Whether it be getting out of bed in the morning or running a marathon, you’ve probably experienced this overwhelming feeling. In most situations, I’m a pretty glass-half-full type of person. I attribute a lot of this perspective to my faith, but it’s also just ingrained in my personality.

Despite my overly positive view on life, there have been many times where I have looked at a situation and thought, “This is impossible.” You’ve probably thought it too. The moment that reality sets in and fear clouds our vision. The moment that we realize we aren’t as capable as we feel we should be, and see a mountain that is far too tall to climb. I’ve had quite a few of those mountains walk into my life over the last five years and have come to this conclusion:

Everything is impossible until you do it.

Here are a few examples of the situations that have led me to this conclusion:

1. Becoming a Foster Parent

I once was a very naïve 23-year-old wading into waters of Foster Care that seemed like a raging ocean. I remember realizing that foster care was a part of our path and wanting so badly to avoid it. I couldn’t handle the stress, the pain, and possibly the loss that would come with it. But there came a point where we couldn’t argue with the calling on our lives and we walked into those unknown waters. And we did it. Was it terrifying? Absolutely. Were there nights that I spent crying tears of fear? Definitely.

Was it impossible? No.

2. Leaving a Job to Be a Stay-at-Home Mom

I had dreamed of staying home with my kids since the day I met my husband and knew we would have a large family. It was always this far-off fantasy that I never actually thought would happen. When the time came that working outside of the home began to harm the life inside of our home, we knew it was time to make staying home a reality and I was again terrified. I had no clue how we were going to go from two incomes to one with three kids, a mortgage, a car payment, and more. It didn’t make sense on paper and it sure didn’t make a whole lot of practical sense. But we did it. Was it challenging? Absolutely. Did we have to cut out some luxuries? Of course.

Was it impossible? No.

3. Moving Away from Family

I lived in the same town for 23 years of my life. I went to elementary school, junior high, high school, and college in that town. I got married and had babies in that town. My whole family is in that town. It was my world and my home. When we began to realize it was time to move, every fear came crawling in once again. How would my parents see their grandkids grow up? How would my grandparents handle not seeing their great-grandkids every week? What would I do without my closest friends? So many questions, yet we knew what we needed to do. Was it heartbreaking? Absolutely. Were there tears and painful conversations? Definitely.

Was it impossible? No.

4. Starting a Business

I am a teacher at heart. I taught first grade for four years before having kids and adored every minute of it. I have no background in business, no comprehension of financial terms, and no clue how to strategize for success. Yet, in walked the opportunity to start my own business. I’m sure you’ve caught on to a theme by now: I began to fear. Fear that I would fail. Fear that I would have no idea what I was doing. Fear that I would let people down. But I did it anyway. Has it been trying? Absolutely. Have there been moments where I have felt like a fish out of water? Many!

Was it impossible? No.

Jason Johnson says, “We don’t wait for fear to go away; we just don’t let fear have the final say.” Fear cannot have the final say when we are facing daunting tasks that seem impossible. From getting our kids ready for school in the morning, to taking on a new job, or moving across country: It all seems impossible until we actually do it.

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