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How far down the road can we see? It varies, doesn’t it?

A clear day and a flat terrain reveals more than foggy hillsides.

And that’s what happens when the “it’s impossible” barrier rises up. Looking beyond the hill that we can see is truly not possible. So, lacking a clear view, the mind goes into protection mode and raises all the possible pitfalls to keep us rooted to the known and safe place. Want to finish a degree within two years? Finances, family needs, or work hours make that impossible. Wish you could start a new business? Plenty of unknowns and stats predict failure: it’s impossible.

But shorten your gaze to what’s in view and the path – bumpy or not – is easy to see. In the immediate future, you could take a course, start a savings plan, negotiate your work schedule, or find a person who supports your dream. Or, for that business, you could research the market or your competition, draft plans, seek out a mentor, take a business course, or read a marketing book. These actions not only start the journey, they change your point of view.

In Brief …

St. Francis of Assisi, an Italian Catholic friar (1181-1226), gives us three steps to the possible.

Start by doing what is necessary,
then what is possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

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About the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

The USDLA, a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987, reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion. U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking, and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-K-12 education, home schooling, higher education, and continuing education, as well as business, corporate, military, government, and telehealth markets.