About the Book
Is there something you'd like to do that feels impossible?
Do other people tell you it's impossible?
Is that what you tell yourself?
Whether it's losing weight, making a lot of money, finding the love of your life, writing a book, or a truly big ambition, there are probably quite a few things in your life that feel like impossible dreams. And as long as you feel that way about them, you can be sure they're never going to happen.
In this book I'll tell you how I achieved the impossible and how, if you're willing to adopt a very simple daily practice that costs absolutely nothing and takes just 11 minutes, you can too.
I have written this small book because one of my main jobs, as a teacher of creative writing, is to help other people get closer to achieving their dreams. I have been teaching creative writing since 1997, and it has become apparent that the biggest block to anyone’s success is not talent, but attitude. Persistence and self-belief are more important than ability. Ability, after all, improves with the practice that only persistence and self-belief will facilitate. This is true of becoming a successful writer, and it is true of achieving almost any ‘out of the ordinary’ dream or condition.
Earlier in my life I was, for a few years, a computer programmer. Before that, I did a degree in biology, with a particular interest in animal behaviour and evolutionary psychology. Though the analogy of the brain as some kind of biological computer has its limitations, it is very useful when it comes to considering the differences between those who succeed at their dreams and those who fail, and particularly how our experiences shape our future actions. Keep shocking a mouse when he goes to get cheese and he’ll stop trying, even though it’s right in front of him. The various traumas of our lives (both small and large) - a teacher who mocked your writing in front of the class, a parent who said you were useless - create, in essence, new software in our brains, designed to prevent us from being hurt again. These programs, created when we were 8, or 15, or adults, can prevent us from achieving our dreams… and will keep running to the end of our lives unless we uninstall them.
The last few years have seen some extraordinary breakthroughs in methods which allow any of us - very easily and with minimal effort - to change the (once useful, now obsolete) software that causes our lives to glitch. Having used them successfully, I feel it is only fair to pass them on to anyone else who would like the same opportunities. You can download it for free, or - if you like - you can pay me a little something as a thank you. If you read it and don't find it useful, you can get a full refund. But more likely, you'll realise your brain is running some obsolete software that's preventing your life from functioning as you would wish.
This is your uninstall manual.
Let me know how it goes.One reader spontaneously shared this on Facebook:
OK - this is the most brain-popping thing you will ever, EVER, come across. It is an amazing piece of work backed up with free (at present) downloadable tracks to help you work through issues, phobias, blocks, 'problem memories'. If you have a monkey on your back that you want rid of, you really should take a look at this. Well done, Ros Barber I've done a click track this afternoon (first one) and it's amazing, I am going to make this part of my morning routine. (and I may even get to finish my novel!!)
- Francis Hilton
About the Author
Ros Barber is an award-winning writer, poet and scholar, who knows a thing or two about achieving the impossible. Her debut novel, The Marlowe Papers, was not only written entirely in metrical verse, but (despite being poetry) found major publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. She wrote it with the help of funding she was told was impossible to get, and despite being told it would be impossible to sell it to a literary fiction publisher in current market conditions. She has been earning a living from poetry (which everyone agrees is impossible) for the last twelve years. She also has four children (we all know how impossible they can be), and an impossible husband.