How To Achieve What You Think Is Impossible

Published on October 3, 2010 by

Over the past twenty years or so, I've worked with a lot of clients, both as a former psychotherapist and now as a coach. Some clients came to me wanting help with what they thought was impossible for them.

I remember one client, I'll call him Bill, who told me his secret dream was to be a professional speaker.

He thought that was impossible. Wasn't going to happen. Not in a million years.

Yet, in four months, he was traveling nationally speaking for a major seminar company.

Another client, I'll call her Lisa, was addicted to a prescription pain killer. A friend finally persuaded her to see me and her first words to me were "I know you can't help me and I don't want to waste your time."

Yet, using hypnotherapy, Lisa was free from her painkillers in a few sessions.

Now, when I think something is impossible for me to change or to achieve, I think about Bill and Lisa.

And while I don't believe in formulas, I think there are some common principles in turning the impossible into the possible.

  • Ask For Help Sooner Than Later

Too many of us have been taught that asking for help is a sign of weakness. We have been taught to admire the "self-made man or woman," instead of being taught there is no such person! It's okay to ask for help...really.

  • The Past And The Future Are Two Different Things (Or We'd Call Them The Same Thing)

IIf you've failed over and over and over and over (well, you get the picture) to do what you've thought is impossible, it doesn't mean it's impossible. It just means you haven't succeeded yet. That's all. The past really doesn't equal the future, no matter how much we might believe it does at times.

  • If You Think Something Is Impossible For You, Don't Talk About It To Someone Who Agrees

Find someone who has done what you want to do, or has made the changes you want to make. Talk to them. Listen to them, begin to think like them. Ask them how they did what you think is impossible for you. Begin to experiment with some of those things.

Well, there you have it. Three principles for achieving what you thought was impossible. Who knows, before you know it, maybe you'll be doing the impossible.

Keep me posted!

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