impossibility thinking – you can change it

Humanity is plagued with “impossibility thinking.” Not a typo – I did not say possibility thinking.

Stinking thinking.

Ever hear of “stinking thinking? Many of us suffer from this disease, and it is unhealthy. The Bible says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” What you think becomes what you are.

What is “Impossibility thinking?”

Impossibility thinking says it cannot be done. Thomas Edison remarked about the phonograph he had just invented-“The phonograph is of no commercial value.”

Robert Millikan, who won the Nobel Prize in 1920 commented; “There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.”

The American Road Congress commented in 1913, “It is an idle dream to imagine that automobiles will take the place of railways in the long-distance movement of passengers.”

Charles H. Duell, director of the U.S. Patent office commented in 1899, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

Impossibility thinking Pilgrims.

The Pilgrims braved impossible odds and circumstances to reach the “new world.” The first winter they lost many of their first settlers but managed to build a colony.

They elected a city council and in their third year, they proposed that they build a road five miles into the wilderness so that they could spread west.

Next year the people said it was a silly waste of money. It has been said that they could see across the ocean, but could not see five miles into the wilderness.

Shifting to Possibility Thinking.

Several years ago, Dr. Robert Schuller wrote a book titled “Possibility Thinking.” It was the best-seller and contained many fantastic ideas for changing your thoughts to Possibility Thinking.

To make this adjustment you have to read positive books, talk with positive people, and begin to think that things ARE possible, not impossible.

Napoleon declared, “The word impossible is not in my dictionary.” John Maxwell wrote, “Beware of those who stand aloof and greet each venture with reproof; the world would stop if things were run by men who say, “It can’t be done.”

Take the lens cap off!

In his book Thinking for a Change, John Maxwell writes; “Benno Muller-Hill, a professor at the University of Cologne genetics department tells how one morning in high school he stood last in a line of forty students in the schoolyard.

His physics teacher had set up a telescope so that the students could view a planet and its moons. The first student stepped up to the telescope. He looked through it, but when the teacher asked if he could see anything, the boy said no; his nearsightedness hampered his view.

The teacher showed him how to adjust the focus, and the boy finally said he could see the planet and moons. One by one, the students stepped up to the telescope and saw what they were supposed to see.

Finally, the second to the last student looked into the telescope and announced that he could not see anything. “You idiot,” shouted the teacher, “you have to adjust the lenses.” The student tried, but he finally said, “I still can’t see anything. It is all black.”

The teacher, disgusted, looked through the telescope himself, and then looked up with a strange expression. The lens cap still covered the telescope. None of the students had been able to see anything.”

You can change your thinking and you are the only one that can. You have to start somewhere-begin with this brief article.


You can change your thinking and you are the only one that can. You have to start somewhere-begin with this brief article.

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