"I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them.” - Pablo Picasso
This quote is easily applicable to so many things. I can't do so much - put my feet behind my head, do a perfect handstand, program complicated software, weld, swim the english channel, instigate hugs with strangers, bake a perfect pie, sit in meditation comfortably for more than 18 minutes... But if I were to practice doing them... they are most certainly within my realm of capabilities.
For a very long time I figured I couldn't do this pose... but one day I tried... and I did it no problem. Many times I've gone without doing things simply because no one else asked me to do them. You don't know what you can do until you try. And if you fail - that doesn't mean it's never going to happen.
A lot of people find pictures of advanced yoginis in beautiful graceful postures to be frightening, intimidating, and suggestive of what they'll never be able to do. They become defeated before they even join the race. Now just the fact that I used the word "race" in regards to yoga is controversial, so I'll say right now that I just couldn't come up with a better term off the top of my head. Geeze.
I find pictures of those brilliantly practiced yoginis to be inspiring. They give me ideas of things to try, things to work towards - they keep me motivated. I post these women and men on my wall and on my computer desktop to remind me that if I were practicing right now - instead of sitting on my ass surfing the internet - I could be doing that pose (at least working toward it) instead of wishing I could.