Alastair Macartney, author of Perfect Madness and BASE jumper, helps people achieve their craziest dreams. Join us for a journey into fear.Alastair Macartney, author of Perfect Madness and BASE jumper, helps people achieve their craziest dreams. Join us for a journey into fear.

Alastair Macartney | Perfect Madness and Making the Impossible Possible (Episode 396)

Alastair Macartney | Perfect Madness and Making the Impossible Possible (Episode 396)

You can make the impossible possible.

“Incredible dreams require incredible acts.” -Alastair Macartney

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When you were a kid what was the craziest thing you wanted to do? Can you remember it? Whether you can or not you’ll want to hear what today’s guest has to say about dreaming and achieving the impossible.

Alastair Macartney, author of Perfect Madness, is a global adventurer and world champion BASE jumper. And when he isn’t doing any of those things he’s helping people discover their craziest dreams and make them a reality. Listen in for all of that and more on episode 396 of The Art of Charm.

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More About This Show:

Alastair Macartney has taken some incredible risks in his life and with his life! For those of you who don’t know what BASE jumping is here’s a breakdown: it’s parachuting off of different structures. Those structures fall into one of four categories. B for buildings, A for antennas, S for span (like a bridge) and E for earth (like mountains).

In order to be a BASE jumper you must successfully (ie don’t die) jump from each of these four structures at least once.

Clearly as a world champion in this arena, Alastair knows how to minimize risks and calculate acceptable risk factors. And he’s taken that knowledge and brought it into everyday life for everyday people. He helps people find or rediscover their wildest dreams and then bring those dreams to life.

On today’s episode he talks about his book Perfect Madness, as well as some of the pillars in his process plus the 5 action steps we must take to make our impossible dreams possible.

The first thing you must do to make your impossible dream possible is to figure out what it is. Ask yourself what you really want and what seems like the craziest, most impossible adventure you can undertake with your life? If you don’t come up with an answer right away, meditate on it for awhile. But give yourself a timeframe to find this impossible dream, and then choose to move forward.

Now that you have your dream you have to redefine what’s possible and decide what’s important to you. To achieve something great you must be willing to believe you CAN. If you don’t believe in it, you’re sunk even before you’ve started.

And you must also understand there is a price to pay, you will have to give up other things to invest your time, effort and energy into making this dream come true. So decide it’s worth it and be willing to do whatever it takes.

There are several other components we discuss on the show including the crucial role failure plays in achieving your impossible dream and why the people around you are also crucial to your success.

A final bit of wisdom Alastair leaves us with his 5 action steps to make a dream reality:

  1. In the next hour decide what to do, decide what your dream is.
  2. In the next day write down your dream and read it aloud.
  3. The day after that day read it aloud again and do one thing to advance you toward achieving that.
  4. Within a week start confirming and commit to it. Tell 5 people what you’re doing, make sure they are supportive people!
  5. Within 2 weeks break your dream down into chunks and work out how you’re going to do this. Now you’re well on your way to achieving it!

Please join me in thanking Alastair for being here and sharing his enthusiasm on today’s episode. Thanks to you for being here too and we’ll see you next time on The Art of Charm!


Resources from this episode:

Perfect Madness, by Alastair Macartney
Perfect Madness free toolkit giveaway 
Alastair’s life balance meditation
Alastair’s life change meditation

Resources on Alastair’s web site
Shawn Achor’s episode on The Art of Charm
The Art of Charm bootcamps

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