The “Impossible Project”
Late last year I started working on what I would refer to as my “impossible project.” This idea was born through a group I was participating in called the Human Experience. This was a 3 month gathering of a few people to talk about how the mind works, our thoughts, our emotions and every quirky thing we do as humans that creates an experience.
Toward the end of our session, we were asked about what we could work on that seemed impossible. There is no end goal, you are simply taking action and making forward progress on this project. You take a step and then another and another. I think of it like building a skyscraper. You create the foundation first and then you start building levels. How high can you go? What is its purpose? Will it be a green building? The possibilities are endless.
The project I started working on was in the area of ocean plastic pollution. In my last article, Plastic Bans, What’s All the Fuss? I provided many statistics on the amount of plastic ending up in our world’s oceans each year and on the planet itself. It’s enough to stop you in your tracks and ask yourself what you can do to work on this problem.
As I started on my quest of working on this issue, I kept referring to it as an impossible project. The more I said the word impossible, the more resistance I started to feel. I was allowing the doubts and fears creep into my mind. I asked myself if I alone was capable of stopping plastic waste going into the environment.
I was having a conversation with my life coach and he noticed that I kept using the word impossible when referring to the project. And that’s when he interrupted me and shared some insights with me. It caused me to look in this other direction and not focus on what we think is impossible, but rather see things for what IS possible.
I allowed this to sink in for the next 24 hours. I started to feel like Jack Black’s character in the movie Shallow Hal when he ran into Tony Robbins in the elevator. Tony seems to hypnotize Hal by encouraging him to look at a person’s soul as opposed to just their exterior. After that interaction, Hal only sees people as beautiful inside and out. He thinks some voodoo spell was put on him.
There actually isn’t any voodoo curse, it is our mind and our thoughts that have changed. I only look at what is possible now. When you see things as possible, a whole new world emerges. Our whole world, the reality we live in currently is because of possibility.
Every day in mainstream media we are presented with a lot of gloom and doom in regards to our planet and the environment. A picture is painted that offers little hope. I am here to say that picture is simply not true. We have all the power in the world to improve humanity and the planet. In fact, it is our duty.
I want to paint a different picture for you when we start to live and think in possibility. Think about the state of our oceans. Some of the problems they are facing today include plastic pollution, over-fishing, ocean acidification, loss of species, coral bleaching, mercury pollution, dead zones, and ghost fishing. It all seems insurmountable, but we have a choice that we can make and turn things around.
When we think of what IS possible for the world’s oceans, this is what happens:
- Marine life thrives
- Healthy ocean ecosystems
- Marine life that doesn’t consume plastic
- Thriving eco-tourism
- Healthier humans
- Vibrant coral reefs
- Pristine beaches
- Healthy fish populations
- Trash-free oceans
- No more clean-ups
And the list can go on and on. The first step in keeping our planet healthy and viable is working on our own thoughts. When we look at what seems impossible and adjust how we perceive things, that is when the magic happens.
Live in possibility! Life will change dramatically for you. Remember, anything is possible.