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Is there something you have long dreamed of doing, having or being, but others have told you it was impossible?

Change your life: Believe the impossible

20 January, 2014

In this new weekly series by life coach Annabel Sutton you will find helpful and inspiring thoughts to energise your life, find focus and open your mind to the new possibilities that are all around you.

One of the things we’re all desperately short of these days is time.

We’re rushed off our feet, spinning too many plates and – even though we’d love to make changes in our lives – it’s hard to find the space to read and digest the books that can help us.

It was because of this that I started writing my weekly Coaching Tips. They’re short, quick to read and designed to inspire, motivate and provide practical support for busy people on the go. My hope is that week by week the tips will stimulate thought and action, enhance self awareness and encourage you to keep your mind open to new possibilities.

Many of the tips include a challenge or a call to action: something that you can take away with you to do or think about in the coming week. If a particular tip has struck a chord with you, I really recommend that you take the time to do the practical task suggested. It’s great to think about things, and to reflect on your life and what changes you’d like to make, but in order to make real and lasting change you do have to take action!

You could buy yourself a beautiful journal to record any thoughts or ideas stimulated by reading the tips and to do some of the exercises. Another idea would be to get a group of friends together to act as a support group – meeting regularly to discuss or work through the ideas in the tips. You’re much more likely to take action when you have a supportive group behind you. Often it can make all the difference between success and failure.

However you decide to use the tips (the first one is below), I hope you’ll find them helpful and I wish you great success and happiness in the year ahead.

#1 – Believe the Impossible

Anything is possible. Very often the only person to place limits on our success is ourselves. Sometimes you have to dream the impossible and then truly believe it in order to galvanize your¬self to take the necessary steps to make it happen.

Here’s a great quote to ponder on from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass:

I can’t believe that!” said Alice. “One can’t believe impossible things.”

I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

There are two lessons here. Firstly, how crucial it is to take the time to think, dream and plan – you can’t think creatively when you’re rushed off your feet. Secondly, to think big – to embrace the impossible.

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible” — Arthur C. Clarke

In the ’80s I climbed Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia. This wasn’t a mountain climb in terms of using ropes and crampons – but, rather, 13,500 exhausting feet of ascending rough steps that had been carved into the mountain. For me, who is not naturally athletic, this feat was impossible in itself, but half way up I was overtaken by a young man who was undertaking the record for RUNNING up the mountain. Not only that, but this man had prosthetic feet. He, truly, had dreamed the impossible – and achieved it.

Is there something you have long dreamed of doing, having or being, but others have told you it was impossible?

Could this be the year that you set out to achieve it?


  • Annabel Sutton is a Professional Certified Coach and Author.  She has lived in Los Angeles and Indonesia; survived earthquakes and riots, lived with head-hunters and enjoyed a portfolio career.  She now enjoys a somewhat quieter life in Somerset!  Her latest book, 52 Ways to Transform Your Life (Weekly Wisdom for Busy People), contains 52 inspiring, quick-to-read life tips and is available from . Find more information at