If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. Mahatma Gandhi

My father was a real pragmatist, not so much a possibility thinker. He always had a lot to say about how realistic we should be in our dreams and working on something. I think he really believed that being realistic would keep us in the arena of what we could do and would keep us from failing. Possibilities were mere pipe dreams, not hard reality.

The problem with focusing on “reality” was that it kept me from trying anything new, and I learned to play it safe. It also guaranteed that the probability, even the possibility, of anything new or truly creative breaking through was basically zero. I have since learned that focusing on something as being possible is much more likely to open up a space for something new. Focusing on what’s possible moves us toward the achievement of a breakthrough and makes it much more likely that we will actually accomplish something completely new, different, or better than what we had before.

Spiritual Contemplation: When are you such a realist that it keeps you stuck in what you don’t want? In what areas are you afraid to explore what’s possible?

Affirmation: I now am open to possibilities that improve my chances of accomplishment and achievement.