It is all about belief, that we really believe that we have the power to accomplish something, and that we know that things will get better, when all hell has broke loose. So much of what is possible for us to accomplish in our lives is totally based on what we believe. The real reason why we don't accomplish amazing things in our life, is because we don't really believe that we can. Like Yoda said, "Try not. Do or do not. There is no try". If we are totally honest with ourselves, we give up because we were only just trying. Deep down we didn't and still don't think it is possible.
We believe the stories we are taught, or that we make up in regards to what is possible. Another great Yoda quote is about how we have to "unlearn what we have learned". Our learning can get in our way. Because when we have a belief that something can't be done, it takes something extremely powerful for us to push aside that belief to do something, that we would have said is impossible. We have all heard of the story of a grandma picking up a car that just ran over her grandchild. You could have asked her to do that 5 minutes before and she would have told you it will never happen. Yet with her adrenaline pumping and her mind only thinking of her grandchild, she lifts up that car and saves the child - it was instinctive and possible because she didn't stop to think about it.
Jack Canfield has this wonderful story that I think illustrates this. Cliff Young lived in Australia and was a farmer. Her heard about this 5 1/2 day race and decided to compete in it. Cliff went to the race dressed as he always dressed, in overalls and construction boots. He had never run a race before, but he chased after his sheep all day and figured it couldn't be much different. Sometimes in bad weather he'd be out there 2 or 3 days without sleep taking care of his animals. Cliff didn't run in any sense of the word. He had a sort of shuffle, and when everyone else took off, he just began the race with his shuffle. Now here is the amazing part - he didn't read the rules or ask anyone how you were supposed to run the race. Everyone else was so far ahead that he didn't see them run for 16 hours and then go to bed for 8 hours. So while the rest of the racers were sleeping, he just kept shuffling and he shuffled for 5 1/2 days nonstop, and broke the old record by 12 hours when he won it.
I remember years ago, I had to have a hysterectomy and the doctor said that I would be out of work for 6 - 8 weeks. I couldn't afford to be out of work that long. I had 4 children with natural childbirth, and with each of them I went home right away and within a few days was up walking around and caring for my babies. So I figured that this surgery was just like giving birth, and there wasn't any reason why I couldn't just be off 2 weeks and back to work, and that was exactly what I did. It really is about what you really believe is possible.
So whatever you are doing currently in your life in regards to your goals and ambitions - ask yourself, what limiting beliefs am I carrying around, that are keeping me from making my dreams a reality? What do I need to unlearn? If my child's life depended on me "lifting that car", what would I do differently to accomplish my goals? If I just keep shuffling forward, and didn't let others convince me of what is or is not possible, what might I accomplish today?