Your awesome is larger than Yankee Stadium. Move the world with it.

This final audio post in my Best of Summer Posts for 2012 series, Move the World with Your Awesome, is meant to inspire you to move beyond what you imagine is possible. You can do it. I know you can.

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Dwell in Possibility

August 24, 2012

Surmounting seemingly impossible tasks is an essential part of life. When I took my very first written exam at German university, I was scared out of my wits. All kinds of ‘what if’s’ floated through my head. ‘What if I can’t formulate my thoughts in the time that I have?’ ‘What if I fail?’ ‘What if I forget all my German and draw a complete blank!?’ ‘What if!?’ ‘What if!?’

So my mother, being the fabulous person she is, sent me a T-shirt with Emily Dickenson’s quote “I dwell in possibility.” She asked me to entertain the possibility that I would succeed.

Stumbling into the exam room wearing the T-shirt as my guide, I wrote the exam non-stop for two hours. And you know what? I did succeed despite my doubt.

It was a pivotal moment in which I realized, at the tender age of twenty-three, how much our thoughts dictate pretty much every choice we make, if we let them. Or we can take a more heart-centered approach in which we seek out the joy in every situation (and I mean every one!) despite the thoughts swirling in our heads, screaming the opposite to what our hearts are saying.

What are you thinking is impossible today? What if you were to entertain that it could be possible after all? Would you see things with different eyes? Would you succeed?

Audrey Hepburn once said, “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.”

Yes, you are. Start with your vision of what you’d like to see in the world, then create it. You might be amazed at who shows up to help you once you are clear about what you really want.

Redefine Your Possible

June 27, 2012

Forbes magazine is not the publication I remember it to be. As I clicked around to various articles online recently, I was thoroughly impressed with how inspirational and well thought out some of the articles are. It’s not just a  publication for business, but also one for the business of life.

David Maris wrote an amazing article about Spencer West, an American mountain climber who recently raised $750,000 for his charity in Tanzania while reaching the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. As if that’s not impressive enough, West did it without legs.

The next time you say “I can’t”, think about Spencer West.

His mission, entitled Redefine Possible, thoroughly inspired me. And he admits that a sliver of doubt as to whether he could really make it to the 19,341 foot summit remained (that’s nearly 6,000 meters for you European/Canadian folks!).

In my mind doubt can be a killer of dreams…or a motivator to prove that side of yourself wrong. He certainly did.

Three main things struck me when reading the article: the importance of having a support system; creating major change through baby steps; and tying goals to social impact or a broader vision.

The Importance of Support

We all need friends and loved ones to help us reach our goals. If you are toying with a new idea, share it with someone you trust. Ask them to keep you accountable when your resolve starts to waiver. Do the same for them.

Baby Steps

You know those New Year’s Resolutions, those lofty goals that tell you you’ll drop thirty pounds in six weeks? Baby steps will get you there; perhaps they won’t in the timeframe you desire, but if you remain committed, lasting change will happen.

The Broader Vision

No man (or woman) is an island. What you do matters. Every wave you make in your own personal ocean creates a ripple on the other side of the world. As my friend says, everything is energy. How will you manage yours?

West has chosen to dedicate his life to Free the Children. For more details, see the excerpt below. And may the Slow be with you, people. Together we really can make a difference.

For those wishing to learn more about Spencer West’s journey, including video from the summit and information about the activities of Free the Children, please see www.freethechildren.com/redefinepossible.

Free The Children was founded in 1995 by international children’s rights activist Craig Kielburger, and now has more than one million young people involved in more than 45 countries.  The charity’s primary goal is to free children from poverty and exploitation and free young people from the notion that they are powerless to affect positive change in the world.  The $750,000 that West is raising is going toward clean water projects in communities in Kenya, one of the areas where Free The Children works.