It was our penultimate kids-free night on Sunday, so Jacki and I headed on down to the cinema to watch the action-packed Mission: Impossible – Fallout with Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt.
We did the usual dissection on the walk home; how fast can Tom Cruise run, the exact moment when Cruise broke his ankle during filming, who was in the original TV series, do any other theme songs come close?
Whilst the mission was widely promoted as impossible, every one of us in that cinema knew Hunt and his team would complete it. In fact, it was entirely possible because:
- They were a team of extraordinary spies, each expert in their own field.
- They had a great leader with an extensive track record who they trusted. When asked about Hunt’s chances for success, Luther said: “he’ll get it done.”
- Hard decisions were made, quickly.
- The mission was succinctly delivered with a deadline, ownership and consequences … “Your mission, should you choose to accept it.”
- They had the right tools and equipment to get the job done.
- Whilst Hunt frequently worked without a plan (in his defence, there was a lot going on!), they knew that hope wasn’t a strategy.
And the same goes for your business.
There’ll be days where you feel a situation, task or team member seems impossible. And then when you think about your next year…3 years…5 years and where you see yourself, then that really feels impossible.
Hard work, of course.
But entirely possible if you have set the right environment with the right team, all aligned to systems and processes, with a clear path.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to start turning the impossible into possible.
PS this message won’t self-destruct in 5 seconds. But, if you chose to have an ‘impossible’ mindset then your business will stagnate at best.