Impossible belongs to an interesting family of words; reasonable, feasible, predictable. Another set of words lies close by; luck, hope. Taking it apart it is the concept that there is no way to get there from here. Perhaps the only way is divine intervention or some happy accident…
Imagine, if you will, your life as a big game board – like monopoly or snakes-and-ladders – only bigger. A LOT bigger. You play the game by following rules about what moves are allowed to get you to where you need to go to win.
Now on this board, which contains all the possible results, all the possible lives you could ever experience, there are similarly rules defining what moves are allowed. Following these rules there are parts of the board you will simply never be able to get to, no matter how hard you try. They are impossible.
Here is the trick – the key to it all. The one who decides what moves are possible – what the rules of the game are – is you. You don’t normally see these rules for what they are because they are the tools you have used for pretty much your whole life to build your life. They work! (and kudos to you for having invented them!) – however they may be making the life and results you want to experience impossible. And as they are the water you swim in – the very way you percieve your life, they may be totally invisible to you.
Enter the Coach (who has their own version of this, and who – IMHO should always be working with their OWN coach to move their own life forward powerfully) and the Coaching Conversation. In this sacred space, the game gets seen for what it is. We actually look at the rules, the ‘legal moves’, and question them – ask the ‘what-if’ questions that allow those rules to start to bend and break. Expose them for what they are – just an invented story of how life is and how life works – and open to the larger mystery of life.
In this larger space we create new moves – a whole new set of ways of playing your game that wear down the barriers that used to mark out the territory of the impossible, allowing you to play a bigger game on a bigger board than you ever imagined.
Loosing 50lbs impossible? Running that half-marathon? Changing that career? Starting that business? Creating the perfect relationship? Rebuilding and re-inventing your life?
How about playing the game of life to win?
Ready to look at what ‘impossible’ is hiding from you?
Perhaps it is a good time to talk to a Life Coach… (hint: there is one close-by…)
(here is a link to the original awesome mission impossible theme…)