One of the reasons that I chose our topic of the month for this month, possibilities, is because of where we are in the year. January is really a month that brings people hope. I know that may sound a little strange, especially given that throughout North America many of us are under snow or in very cold temperatures. But for so many people January each year is the opportunity they’ve been waiting for, or at least they’ll take the motivation it offers and do something new or different. Yes, other months may be more symbolic of hope like November or December, but there’s something hopeful about starting fresh. Of course each January we’re not really starting fresh, we’ve all got a past that can’t ever be truly erased. But sometimes all we need is a symbolic fresh start, like we get with the turning of the calendar page.
Unfortunately for too many of us before too long life intrudes, we fall back on our habits, or we get discouraged from not seeing the results we hoped for. While I believe that with some effort in the right ways you can see some instant efforts, but for most of us it takes more than 30 days to see real results. One reason why could be because most of us didn’t get where we are overnight, it took days, weeks and years to get into the hole or habits we’ve fallen into. As I was thinking about discouragement I came across this quote from Audrey Hepburn:
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
I love this reminder for several reasons. To me, one of the most important parts of it is that it’s a clear reminder that we have to believe in ourselves. We have to believe that we’re very capable humans beings with creative minds, passionate souls and giving hearts. That doesn’t mean that we don’t need help from time to time or that we’re omniscient, I learn something new everyday, most often from someone else.
One of the other things we take from this quote is to not give up. Sometimes it’s necessary to look at something from a different angle, take it apart a different way, bring in an outside perspective, or just work a little (or a lot) harder. It doesn’t mean that it’s not possible or we’re wrong for making it our goal, it just means that we’re not there yet.
So today, what are you going to be confident in? What are you going to believe is possible to accomplish today or soon?