Episode 12

Real Women Real Lives > It’s Impossible Or Is It
It’s Impossible Or Is It

With Barbara Patterson + Melissa Palazzo-Hart

When faced with situations that seem insurmountable—or impossible—we can get paralyzed or discouraged. But what if we could pause, clear our minds, and allow other ideas to come forward?

In today’s episode, Barb and Melissa discuss insights they’ve had around “facing the impossible” and demonstrate some of their successes in shifting from a seemingly impossible moment into, at times, an even better outcome.

  • Melissa shares her seemingly Seussical slog when a venue change upends a theatrical production. She shares with us the power of resilience. [00:02:18] 
  • Barb expounds on a statement from a colleague that helped her realize how many options we have when faced with what seems impossible. [00:07:45] 
  • Barb reminds us that if we look in the direction of what won’t work, we will find more than sufficient evidence as to why it won’t work.   [00:09:33]
  • Melissa and Barb discuss the relevance of having a neutral mind in any situation, especially when we are knocked off course or see something as a problem. [00:13:10] 
  • Barb explains what she means by beginning not to respect the thoughts that try to indicate that there is no way out of a situation and instead focusing on all the possibilities.   [00:17:21]
  • Melissa acknowledges the universality of how our minds work. That it’s not exclusive to certain people and asks listeners to consider, “If the show must go on, what would you do?” [00:19:10] 
Do You Have Questions for Barb & Melissa?


Meet Your Hosts

Barbara Patterson is the owner of a global coaching and consulting company bringing the insights of performance and fulfillment to clients around the world. She helps organizations, leaders, entrepreneurs and coaches access more clarity, creativity, have greater impact and higher levels of performance in work and life. Barb is the Founder of Beyond Limits in Business and is hosting the BEYOND LIMITS BUSINESS SUMMIT in Edinburgh Scotland this May.

You can follow Barb on Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram. You can also subscribe to her weekly blog on her website at

Melissa Palazzo-Hart has 25 years’ experience leading marketing, strategy, finance, operations, and talent for some of the most prestigious agencies and brands including Disney, Activision and Omnicom. Throughout her career, she has built campaigns for some of the biggest names in entertainment and media which have been awarded Emmy Awards, Cannes Lion Awards, Effies, Telly Awards, Game Marketing Awards, Broadcast Design Association Gold Awards, and Clio Awards. Melissa is building a movement of paradigm shifters to unlock the potential of their minds to affect change in our world through seeing and living beyond perceived limits. She guides leaders and organizations at the highest levels how to make a meaningful impact through the power of heart work, instead of hard work.

You can follow Melissa on Linkedin and Instagram. You can also subscribe to her weekly blog on her website at


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