Who Are Your Possibility Tracks?

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Author Marsha Sinetar refers to them as characters that help us build possibility tracks, Barbara Stanny calls them way-showers. Whatever their label, they’re people who have done – or are doing – what we want to do.

Fictitious or real, these role models help us “mentally construct images of what we want and use these as rough sketches for the behaviors and attitudes we need” (Marsha Sinetar, To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love). In short, they show us what’s possible.

I love the term possibility track; it’s been spinning in my head since I first came across it. I interpret it as a person’s chosen path, successes, attitude, lifestyle or parts of, that I (or you) would like to emulate. I also use it to refer to the actual person as in “Yeah, she rocks! She’s one of my possibility tracks.”

I group possibility tracks into two categories: literal and figurative.

Literal possibility tracks relate to a specific line of work, goal, or cause that we are interested in pursuing.

Primarily vocational in nature, they refer to people who are doing something we’d love to do ourselves. Adding our own flair to the mix, we want to be like them when we grow up.

Figurative possibility tracks are the folks whose stories inspire us because they go for gold.

They commit to their dream or cause and do what needs to be done. We may not share their specific vocation, but we aspire to their level of commitment and action.

Possibility tracks give us hope and push us to stretch. They’re living proof that through commitment, action and usually with a bit of serendipity thrown in, dreams and goals can be met. After all if they can do it, why couldn’t we?

Who are your possibility tracks?

Whose path, behaviors or successes would you like to emulate?

Even more importantly, why?

6 thoughts on “Who Are Your Possibility Tracks?

  1. Oh, I love this idea! I appreciate seeing colleagues and mentors as gateways for possibility, rather than competition. I see possibility tracks among writers, entrepreneurs, and people bringing a dose of adventure into everyday life.

  2. I absolutely love it! I call this the “Mentor Exercise” and use it often in coaching. Heck this exercise helped me achieve a HUGE goal a few years back! I have a fresh new list of amazingly inspirational mentors on my vision board and I look at it -and embody the qualities that I admire- every morning. Powerful.

  3. I love that term possibility tracks too! I think it goes further than inspiration and begs for action. Rather than just being inspired by someone, we can take that inspiration, open it up, and reveal the possibilities that are specific to our individual perspectives. When things get a little overwhelming, it reminds me that I don’t have to re-create the wheel…others have gone before me and cleared a path. I can follow in someone else’s tracks, changing the path, adding my very own unique footprints, for the next person coming behind me, following my possibility tracks!

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