There are various reasons why you may have been given what you deem an impossible task. In general, there are two or three major reasons as why this is the case:
Either way, these two general points converge at one point: Your definition of an impossibility. Frankly, what you deem impossible might be just an opinion and not a fact. Someone else might be cherishing the opportunity to take the reins you have been given.
Then again, it really might be an impossible task after considering all involved. That is the right place to be. You cannot stamp something with your opinion of impossibility unless you have thoroughly analyzed all the parameters involved.
You have two options when you are given the impossible task: You take it, or you leave it. Whether they want you to fail or not, they will be seriously surprised that you actually considered taking it! Secondly, if you ever did take it and failed, you actually did not fail. You grew a muscle. You did not shrink back. You became courageous. You learnt something:
When you are given an impossible task to do, regardless of the motivation of those who gave you the task, I would advice you to go ahead and take it. The following five things should help you with this impossible task.
Sometimes, impossible is a mental block. My point is that there is a lot of energy that is lost when you keep considering this task an impossibility. On the contrary, when you visualize how it would be to actually pull this off, you instantly feel energized. It would be advisable to keep the vision of your conquest in your mind at all times.
Go one step ahead and start talking about the possibility of the task being a success. Focus on this kind of talk. If you would keep talking about how impossible the situation is, you would rather not take it up in the first place. If you have taken the challenge, start talking of how possible it is, may be with additional resources or help. Use your performance with what you have to stake your claim on how possible it is to do it.
Notice that your talk is contagious. If you say that it is impossible, you will create a mental block not only for you, but also for everybody else who is involved in accomplishing the task.
Sometimes, the heaviness of the impossibility is compounded when you are a loner. Solitude is good sometimes but a complete blackout from people brought about by your feelings of ‘overwhelm’ over this impossible task is not good. It compounds or affirms the impossibility. Talking to people is like ventilating a stuffy room. Fresh air comes in. Odors are dispelled. There are different kinds of people that you must talk to:
Before you voice your opinion about how impossible it really is, you ought to sit down and analyze the whole task from all possible angles. You need to crack it on paper before you get going. This, of necessity must be the most difficult task, for once it is cracked, the implementation should follow. Do not spend eternity analyzing. Set a goal for doing this. Get started immediately. Gather the information needed. Get counsel. Consult with the people involved. Make bold decisions. Prepare an implementation paper for the task. This is where you begin to sense the possibility of the whole task. You have no business calling the task an impossibility if you have not thought it through.
Either that, or you refrain from taking up the task. The fact that it is considered a ‘difficult’ or an impossible task should not let you lose from the word go. Some people count their losses before they get started and then expend less energy and effort in the task. In the end, it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Things tend to happen for you when you give in your all. It’s kind of like the Law of giving and receiving. What you get is wholly dependent on what you gave.
Therefore, from the get go, decide that you will give your all and then some into this task. This is the only way to guarantee your winning, whether the project fails or succeeds. You will be a very proud person in the end, whatever the outcome.
Deploy all your energies and the resources at hand. If you need more resources, ask. Let it be known that the impossibility is not on your part, you have done all you could do. It is very easy to get frustrated by what you do not have in terms of resources to pull this off. Please know that getting started and having momentum is much more critical than any resources that you could deem required for your impossible task.
In other words, you need to develop a positive and ‘can do’ attitude with your project and get started with what you have. Keep giving feedback to your superiors about what you are experiencing while making justifications for more resources needed. You stand a much better chance to succeed starting with little resources than staying undecided to get started in the beginning wishing for better resources.
When faced with a difficult task that you deem impossible, it is easy for the negative vibe of this task to cascade into your life. It is easy for your relationships, confidence and general outlook of life to be negatively impacted.
It is your responsibility at this very crucial moment to keep your life in motion. If you let the ‘impossibility’ mirror into your life, everything becomes a burden. If your life keeps sizzling regardless of the impossible task, you get self motivated. It is easy to pick encouragement and ideas from what you are doing with your life. By no means should you allow your life to hit a stagnant phase on account of an impossible responsibility that is upon you.
Life must go on.
Sometimes you just have to let go and let God. I have been a great champion for action on this blog. Countless times I have gone close to scoffing at the over-reliance on on the hand of the divine. The message is always that as much as we are seeking for the hand of the Divine, for the most part we have not done our own assignments. I would still preach that message anywhere and any day.
However, I am not in anyway indicating that the Divine is useless. I am a firm believer in the Divine. In fact, it is God who said, “With me, nothing is impossible”. A friend of mine posted on his Facebook wall the following eternal words: “God has faith in me to do the possible. He expects me to have faith in Him to do the impossible”
There you go. The ‘possible’ is in your hands, please do it. Ask God to help you with the impossible.
Question: How have you handled impossible situations in your Life before?