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Shouldn’t we all have at least one “impossible dream”?

by | Oct 30, 2016


I’m reading Michael Caine’s first autobiography, “What’s it all about.” It’s actually a signed copy, that I suspect I purchased in London quite a number of years ago. I finally got around to reading it. It’s fantastic.

I just finished Chapter 19, which also concludes the third part of the book. He ends with “At this point, my impossible dream came true.” <emphasis added>

What about my impossible dream?

I remember that at graduation from high school, we sang “Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha, which is based on the book, Don Quixote.

I’ll confess that I haven’t thought of this song for too many years. But Caine’s reference to his impossible dream brought it all back to me. It was so impactful that I had to put the book aside so that I could craft this post.

While I’ve been setting goals for decades, none have been of the “impossible dream” level. And why not?

I enjoy listening to Joel Osteen on Sirius: his messages are so motivating, so relevant, so inspiring. He recently spoke about us having goals that would be big; not to settle for little ones.

And so, what about you? Do you have any impossible dreams?

Shouldn’t we all establish impossible dreams? Goals that are so extreme, that perhaps they appear unrealistic, but in reality could be exceptional if they were to be reached; to be achieved?

As for me, I will shortly get to work on at least one for me. Why not? Why not stretch? Why not set lofty goals?

And while my blog topics are normally about performance related subjects, surely goal setting and impossible dreams should fall within performance, too.

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