The best books to enable you to achieve what seems impossible

Who am I?

In 1995 I was challenged to declare my purpose in life. In the absence of any evidence that it was possible, and without knowing HOW to do it, I declared the possibility that I would transform Planet Earth by creating community everywhere. As ridiculous as it sounded at the time, the amazing breakthroughs that I’ve encountered on my journey since then have been even more incredible. After decades of experience helping myself and others achieve what initially seemed “impossible” possible, I’m delighted to be able to help myself and support others in making progress on pretty much any “impossible” project aside from changing the gravitational constant of the Universe. (I’m a physicist, so I’m going to leave that to greater minds than mine!) Looking forward to hearing what seems impossible for you, but if it WERE possible, would transform your life for the better!


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Scrappy Project Management: The 12 Predictable and Avoidable Pitfalls Every Project Faces

By Kimberly Wiefling,

Book cover of Scrappy Project Management: The 12 Predictable and Avoidable Pitfalls Every Project Faces

What is my book about?

Projects are MESSY! From the minute the project begins, all manner of changes, surprises, and disasters befall them. Unfortunately, most of these are PREDICTABLE and AVOIDABLE. Tact and diplomacy can only get you so far in the wild and wacky world of project work. A combination of outrageous creativity, sheer bravado, and nerves of steel will serve you far better than any fancy-schmancy Microsoft Project Gantt chart!

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The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life

By Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander,

Book cover of The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life

Why this book?

Perception is not reality. Neuroscience has clearly shown that our human brains are subject to plenty of self-sabotaging patterns. The practices in this book form a powerful framework that enables the reader to imagine and create possibilities that initially seem highly unlikely or even impossible. The wisdom in this book encourages people to reject being “realistic”, ignite hope, and pursue dreams and goals that inspire and spark our passion. As our courage to dream big grows, so does our capacity to achieve those dreams together.


The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size

By Tor Norretranders,

Book cover of The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size

Why this book?

Our brains take in around 10 million bits a second, but only about 30 of those are raised to conscious awareness. Which 30? How does our brain choose? And how do we make decisions? After a lifetime of thinking I was a conscious being making logical, rational choices, I realize that I’m like a rider on a horse. My conscious mind thinks that I’m controlling the horse, but – after reading this book – now I realize that most of the time the horse is in charge! Knowing that has helped me replace self-limiting practices with more effective ways to working with my instincts and senses.


The Last Word on Power

By Tracy Goss,

Book cover of The Last Word on Power

Why this book?

All my life I felt like someone was holding me back. Being introduced to the concepts in this book helped me understand that that person was . . . ME! I made this realization years before reading this book when I attended a workshop that was based solidly on the principles that Tracy Goss wrote about. The Last Word on Power boils down the paradigms and strategies that keep us human beings stuck, and reveals a path to a more powerful way of being where we recognize the difference between our interpretation and reality, as well as our own contributions to the interpretations that keep us stuck in old ways of thinking and being. The core of this is using language to create, rather than merely describe, reality, declaring and committing to possibilities that we currently have no idea HOW to achieve, and playing a bigger game in life that gives us access to possibilities that were previously unimaginable.


Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life

By Shakti Gawain,

Book cover of Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life

Why this book?

Our brains are very skillful at pattern recognition. The best way to create an amazing future that initially seems impossible is to first imagine it. After a clear and vivid image is planted in our brains we are constantly alerted when something in alignment with that imagined future crosses our path. Inspired by this book, I have been doing creative visualizations annually for over two decades, and teach a workshop based on the power of visualization to support achieving what seems “impossible”, but eventually becomes possible. This book takes you through a very accessible process that was summarized in Napoleon Hill’s Conceive it. Believe it. Achieve it.


Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want

By Barbara Sher, Annie Gottlieb,

Book cover of Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want

Why this book?

A dream is just a dream until you write it down – then it becomes a plan. This book provides practical approaches to turning dreams into goals and plans. With strategies as simple as charting your progress and setting accountability checkpoints with a buddy, the “impossible” gradually becomes possible, and eventually becomes inevitable. Sure, you may lurch fitfully in the direction of your dreams and goals, but the advice in this book will ensure that any setbacks are temporary, and progress is tangible and a source of hope, inspiration, and motivation.


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