Anything is Possible!

I just finished reading my friend and colleague Barb Edie’s inspiring new book Creating the “Impossible”. It reinforced my belief that my dreams are NOT too big, and I CAN accomplish them by following my heart, asking for what I want, and being open to opportunities and people who come my way.

What dream do you have? How do you want to make the world a better place? What skills and talents do you have to draw on to move toward your vision? Who can you partner with to support you to move toward your vision?

In August 2010, I felt like I wanted to make a bigger difference in the world. I had launched my coaching business 18 months before, and had a network of coaches in Canada and the US specialized in coaching people through a variety of life transitions; career, relationship, health … . Our clients were getting some good results, but we weren’t positively impacting enough people; things weren’t moving fast enough. My soul was telling me that there was something more, something bigger. I had been studying Body-Centred Coaching with Marlena Field and was engaged in the last teleseminar of the program. She asked for a volunteer to demo a body-centred decision-making process. I volunteered. Marlena gave the following instructions:

Find a line on the floor. Now think about what you want. Notice if any negative emotions (e.g. fear) or limiting beliefs (e.g. I can’t possibly do that!) come up for you. Imagine each of those emotions or beliefs as stones in a pack on your back. Then imagine each one of them falling to the ground. Notice how light and free you feel. Now envision what you want. Cross that line on the floor however you wish – leaping, running, walking, and while doing so say aloud what you want. … Pay attention to people and opportunities that present themselves in the days and weeks following.

I leapt across the line, a carpet in my office, and yelled “I want to PLAY BIG!”  Within two weeks I received an email inviting me to “throw my hat into the ring” for one of 3 positions in the health sector in a new high level program the Canadian government had launched in Afghanistan. On receiving the email, I knew in my heart that this was my opportunity to PLAY BIG. I said “yes” to being interested, and within one month I had “won” the contract to be a Technical Advisor in Policy and Planning to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Afghanistan. Two weeks later I was on the ground in Kabul. I ended up living and working in Afghanistan for 13 months and helped the MoPH develop their first strategic plan, and built the capacity of internal teams to do strategic and operational planning using participatory processes. It was an amazing experience! … You’ll never guess what the “line on my office floor” was. It was an Afghan prayer mat I had been gifted while working in Pakistan a number of years before!

I invite you to try the process above and ask for what YOU want. Then notice, in the weeks following, what people and opportunities present themselves to support YOU to “create the (seemingly) impossible”.

In her new book, Barbara Edie shares stories from her own remarkable life, as well as those of a number of visionary change-makers from around the globe who are making the world a better place. Compelling, inspiring, with powerful lessons, and questions for contemplation woven throughout, Barbara takes us on an incredible journey showing us how that when we listen to and trust our inner wisdom, dream big, and follow our hearts, anything is possible! If you want to be inspired get your copy (print or ebook) of “Creating the Impossible: What It Takes to Bring Your Vision to Lifetoday.

I welcome your comments below. Feel free to share this with others you think may find it of interest.

 



  • Comments 10

    1. Barbara Edie
      November 22, 2016

      Great story Pam! And shining example of following your heart and intuition to bring your vision to life … with ease and speed! Here’s to creating the ‘impossible.’ Well done.

      1. pam
        November 22, 2016

        Thanks Barb! I appreciate the positive feedback. Yes, it is amazing what happens when you follow your heart and ask for what you want!

    2. Susan Wilking Horan
      November 23, 2016

      Thank you Pam – We simply can’t go wrong following our hearts <3

      1. pam
        November 23, 2016

        So true Susan! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

        1. Candie
          March 14, 2017

          Thank you for all the good inofrmation! Right now I am really struggling a lot with pitching myself – well, actually every redesign of my own website brings this struggle – and reading through several of your postings has helped me a lot.

          1. pam
            March 29, 2017

            Hi Candie, You are SOoo welcome. Happy you found my posts helpful. Best of luck with your new website. Warm Regards, Pam

    3. Lea Tran
      November 23, 2016

      What a beautiful story of synchronicities, Pam. I’m so glad you let go of those heavy stones 🙂

      1. pam
        November 23, 2016

        Thanks Lea 🙂

    4. Suzie Cheel
      November 23, 2016

      Love love love your story and I will do the exercise as like you I know I am here to play a bigger game so I am going to leap across the line and say I want to play big and check out the book thanks xx

      1. pam
        November 23, 2016

        Happy you enjoyed the story. … Good for you Suzie! You GO GIRL!

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