‘Decline starts with the replacement of dreams with memories and ends with the replacement of memories with more memories.’**
When it comes to our impossible dream, it’s sometimes about making something happen and sometimes it’s about being able to receive a possibility when it comes to us. Either way, it’s about attending to identifiable small steps in the meantime.
Of achieving the impossible four minute mile, Seth Godin remarks on Roger Bannister‘s achievement:
‘He did something impossible, but he did it by creating a series of possible steps.”^
Robert Greene adds to this from the other side; if we’re not prepared to do the small things over a long time, we will never gain the mastery we desirer:
‘The very desire for shortcuts makes you eminently unsuitable for any kind of mastery.’^^
Slow down, spot the small steps and, as Nassim Taleb reminds us with today”s opening words, never stop moving towards your dreams.
(*Andy Williams sings The Impossible Dream. An occasional dose of this in our dreaming diets is very worthwhile.)
(**From Nassim Taleb’s The Bed of Procrustes.)
(^From Seth Godin’s blog: The Bannister method.)
(^^From Robert Greene’s Mastery.)