Beware of Limiting Assumptions

“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~ Lewis Carroll

Sometimes the “impossible” is nothing more than a very real possibility that is imperceptible to a limited imagination. Many everyday inventions that we take for granted – automobile, airplanes, antibiotics and anodized metals, just to name a few – were “impossible” to the minds of previous generations.

Of all of the qualities of consciousness that catalyze progress, the ability to think just beyond what is generally accepted as normal, possible or within the scope of present possibility must surely be in the top ten. Those who exercise this capability are often viewed by peers as odd, suspect or even crazy, but when their creative thoughts are translated into new and useful inventions, they are recognized for their genius, more often than not, posthumously.

Whatever you do, wherever you are, whatever you face, beware of limiting assumptions. Exercise your capacity to think beyond what may seem presently possible and you will be pleased with what opens up in your world when the glass ceilings are shattered.

9 thoughts on “Beware of Limiting Assumptions

  1. Joshua

    Love that movie, and inspired by the line “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
    Why not have that be a regularity?
    I know it to be true in my experience more so of late, the seemingly impossible not so long ago, has certainly opened up and become not only a reality but pushed the “Impossibility Barrier” to new exciting heights!!!!!
    It’s wonderful to welcome the impossible with you!


  2. happytobehere

    We live in a world I would not have believed possible in the 60’s. Science, technology, even the level of food information is astounding.
    I think “we ain’t seen nothing yet” is still true.
    We’ll be continually challenged just to keep pace with the problems of our world.If we are going to reverse the disintegration of our planet it is going to take some new thinking born of rationality.


  3. Colin

    I think what is interesting in these examples is how organically some of them went from an impossibility to being seen as necessary. It is nice to have technology and progress, and we would be wise to note those who are coming out with the technology that is seen as impossible right now. We would also be wise to refrain from the path of those who disdain the impossible, and then put the technology they previously disdained up on a pedestal. Don’t limit what is possible, but also don’t forget that it is the people who use a technology that determine what its final impact will be.


  4. Coco

    Challanging even my own assumptions, believing the last word has not been said on a subject and fervently believing in miracles makes each new day, well- new!


  5. mchoya

    I have found your posts to be full of examples of the impossible being made possible, thanks to remarkable individuals exercising their inalienable right to do so. Why not me? An inspiring reminder!


  6. DeeDee

    This is great advice! One thought I had is that even if others are holding a ‘higher’ place for us, if we don’t accept the possibility for ourselves it will remain an impossibility.


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