Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Impossible=A Four Letter Word #IWSG



"It's the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee."
--Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Welcome, Insecure Writer's Support Group peeps!

I love the above quote, because I can totally relate. There are no guarantees in a writer's life, but I sure am grateful for the possibilities.

I've decided something: Impossible is a new four letter word. We shouldn't say this nasty word, or else we'll get the stink eye from grannies who can't believe what's happened to this generation. We shouldn't say this word, or else our moms might wash our mouths out with soap (not that that ever happened to me).

Besides, as Audrey Hepburn once said, "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm possible.'"

One of my favorite quotes comes from the movie, Soul Surfer (I blogged about it here). Bethany Hamilton, the teen who lost her arm to a shark, said, "I don't need easy, I just need possible."

Whenever our critical selves tell us something is impossible, here's what we should do: send them to the corner so they can think about what they just said.

“The possible's slow fuse is lit by the Imagination.”
― Emily Dickinson

Has anyone ever told you that reaching your writing goals is impossible? Have you even told yourself that your publishing wishes can't come true?

22 comments:

  1. That Audrey Hepburn quote is awesome! I agree, 'impossible' should be stigmatised!

    Annalisa Crawford, One of April's IWSG Co-Hosts

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  2. Absolutely true. Another word that should go is "Failure".

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  3. Oh gosh, yes. I think those are the moments I wanted to be a writer even more. Not so much to prove said person wrong, but to prove myself right.

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  4. I'm thankful for the opportunities too, but I do wish there were some guarantees!

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  5. I've never been told my writing goals were impossible, but I've always known they would take time. I love all the quotes you shared, though, because sometimes my confidence has wavered, that's for sure. Thanks for a good post.

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  6. Possible=hope. As long as we have those in our hearts and minds we're good to go. Loved the quotes.

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  7. I already knew nothing in life is guaranteed, so I was prepared. I just etched that word out of my mind.
    I'm possible - I like that!

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  8. I think my critical self will be spending a lot of time in the corner! She seems to be after me and my dreams lately. Thank you for an inspiring post.

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  9. Love thinking of impossible like that. And your quotes are awesome. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. If I didn't think it was possible, I guess I'd reconsider trying. So since it is possible I try. I like this quote: It's a journey, not a goalpost. I love the I'm possible quote. That's a keeper for sure!

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  11. Funny you should ask. One of my professors at SFU told me to go home and make babies because I was never going to be a writer. His cruel comment made me work even harder.

    Great post, Julie!

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  12. Wow, Julie. You really posted some great stuff today. Thanks for the pep-talk. I really loved that "I'm Possible" Hepburn quote. Hope things are well with you. Have a great week and weekend.

    -Jimmy

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  13. Thanks for the visit, everyone!

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  14. Nothing is impossible. We better believe it.

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  15. Perfect advice today, Julie!! Thank you!!

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  16. I have been fueled by people telling me what I could not do my entire life... and doing it anyway.

    I was told at 9 I could not be a pilot because I was a girl. Now I fly one of the most advanced jets around the world. I was told I could not write a novel that men, women, pilots and non-pilots. I did it.

    My attitude about possibility is this quote I wrote for a post on my blog. "Giving the gift of imagination begins by planting an idea,
    sprinkling the seed with possibility, then watching it grow."

    Keep the imagination alive and know anything is possible, and it is.

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  17. No one's told me that writing is impossible for me, but then again I haven't told many people about my writing yet. I'm usually the one telling myself that it's impossible.

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  18. Love this, Julie!! I've been surrounding myself with positivity since January--it makes all the difference!

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  19. You always know how to get to the heart of optimistic. I'm possible is a keeper. Can we switch rejections to non-contact fly-bys?

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  20. I'd never heard that Audrey Hepburn quote - love it!

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  21. In my house we stopped using impossible a very long time ago. Instead we always say anything is possible. It really is all about keeping a positive mindset!

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  22. Yay for "I'M POSSIBLE!!" Guys, thanks so much for stopping by :)

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