Alternative Reality

9 10 2009

“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.”
(Mary Key Ash)

Wednesday night saw The Pride of Britain Awards televised in the UK. The awards show honours ordinary people who are capable of extraordinary things.

All winners were there because of their inspirational stories. Some had shown exceptional courage in a moment when others could have frozen in that situation. These included Sally-Ann Sutton who fought a “raging rottweiler” to save a 1 year old from an attack.

Others were individuals who weren’t conforming to what is perhaps the perceived “wisdom” about what they could achieve. Doris Long for example learnt to absail at the age of 85. Major Phil Packer, who after sustaining a spinal chord injury while serving in Iraq, decided that he would raise £1 million pounds for charity – with a series of physical challenges such as completing the London Marathon.

Both these individuals found ways and methods to achieve what they wanted despite their age or a physical injury. So what’s getting in your way of living the life that you want?

If you have ever read or watched any sci-fi or fantasy books, shows or films you’ll probably have come across the concept of parallel worlds and universies – an alternative reality. A world that is identical to this one but with one difference. As one of the characters explains in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “alternate realities. You could uh, could have like a world without shrimp. Or with, you know, nothing but shrimp.”

Now, while I’d say it was unusual if you think that it’s shrimp holding you back, it reminded me of a variation on a question I’d heard Michael Neill ask in his 7 myths of success CD set

If there was an alternative world set up to help someone who looks and sounds exactly like you succeed despite what’s getting in your way, how would it be set up?

So for example, if you find the thing that’s in your way is speaking in public then maybe there are places you can go and learn how to do that comfortably and easily.
Or maybe it’s a world that’s set up so that you communicate mainly using other methods.

Perhaps it’s lack of finance that is getting in your way – maybe in that alternative reality there are lots of people who would love to give you money in exchange for the value that you bring. Maybe there are people who love to manage money for you in an efficient manner.

Or how about a universe that is set up just to help someone lacking in motivation. Maybe in that universe there are individuals who will do everything they know to do to coax, teach, provide accountability and support you so that you find momentum to easily enjoy moving forward. Perhaps in this alternative reality there were systems in place to encourage you to take action.

Play and be as imaginative as you want with your answers – after all this is an alternative reality we’re talking about, the aim is to make it up.

It’s only fair that I should warn you – it’s possible that along the way you may find that the idea’s that you have actually already exist in this world. If that does happen then there is potential that you may find yourself wanting to take action to bring that idea into reality for you. ;)

Have a fun week full of creating reality




What Do You Believe?

31 03 2009

“Out of our beliefs are born deeds: out of our deeds we form habits; out of our habits grows our character; and on our character we build our destiny.”
(Henry Hancock)

I’ve been preparing for the first teleclass in the Confidence for Job Seekers program that’s happening later today. (See the PS below for more about this.) The topic is Dealing with Interview Nerves and I’ve come across some interesting comments and beliefs about interview nerves. These things can easily get in peoples way of doing their best.

This is not something confined to the subject of being nervous at interviews. I often find that what is keeping someone stuck in a situation or from taking action is a unrecognised belief.

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