Barbara Schwarck
Neuro Emotional Coach, Speaker and Author

Can a Snowflake Break a Branch?


 “Tell me the weight of a snowflake,” a coalmouse asked a wild dove.

“Nothing more than nothing,” the dove answered.                             

“In that case I must tell you a marvelous story,” the coalmouse said. 

“I sat on a fir branch close to the trunk when it began to snow. Not heavily, not in a raging blizzard. No, just like in a dream, without any violence at all. Since I didn’t have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,471,952.   When the next snowflake dropped onto the branch – nothing more than nothing as you say — the branch broke off.”

And with that, the coalmouse ran away.”  – “The Weight of a Snowflake” by Joseph Jaworski

How many times have you given up because you felt  “nothing is going to make a difference?” How often have you sabotaged yourself before a major breakthrough? How much more will you turn limiting beliefs into a fact that guides your life like the North Star?

Lately, I have been doing one-time coaching sessions with a number of individuals who were unmotivated, depressed, and ambivalent.  They lost their desire to lose weight and get healthy;  didn’t think they deserved to be happy or were confused about their next career move. While these one-time sessions are not something I usually recommend,  I found, much to my surprise, that they were highly effective.  

Personal growth is a journey and not an event.

By now, many of you have worked on your “issues” for as long as you can remember, right? If you are new to the field of personal development – welcome!  You can learn to avoid a few dead-ends and move forward in a more efficient way.  But if you are a personal growth junky like me, you’ve likely taken a good look at yourself and made an earnest attempt to do something about self-improvement. Perhaps you tried any number of things  – seminars, therapy or coaching,  a do-it-yourself plan, religion.  Yet somehow, you still feel like you have much more to do.  

I can relate. And I get it.  I really do understand.   

So let’s take a deep breath and take a moment to be grateful for all the work you’ve done because personal growth is not an event. It’s a journey.

We often equate our work on personal growth to that of peeling the layers of an onion.  (I don’t like onions so I prefer to use the image of a rose.)  Working on personal growth is like discovering the petals of a rose.  With each petal, you get closer to the center, or to what I call The Real You.  Once you discover and accept The Real You will your life change significantly; you will start to collaborate with yourself, and treasure and love yourself in a whole new way.

What About Those One-off Sessions?

One-off sessions are hugely beneficial when we work to change the core beliefs that guide your life.  In less than 90-minutes, we can tackle issues like loving yourself, being enough, taking care of yourself, being successful.  Imagine how much could be possible – and how quickly you could get to The Real You – when you truly understand that you are about to live your beliefs? The cumulative effect makes it so powerful, regardless of how long you’ve been working on yourself.  If you’re a beginner,  you’ll get to knock out a few outdated beliefs, right from the start.  As a veteran, you’ll get to see what’s missing, where you’re still falling into old patterns, and why.  Either way, a deep dive into your subconscious can be hugely beneficial, since it’s nearly impossible for us to get there on our own. 

Snowflakes, Raindrops, and Things that Amount to “Nothing”

When we make the effort to align our subconscious beliefs, the work is almost invisible. We are unable to see the changes in the brain as we let go of old patterns.  If we had a microscope or looked at scans of the limbic brain, we would be able to see your neuropeptides, find new paths, or changes in the brain’s neuroplasticity.  But since it’s all invisible to the naked eye,  it amounts to nothing.  

Sometimes that last snowflake  – just like in the story above –  will make all the difference and get you moving.  It may seem like nothing has changed, but when you take a closer look, you’ll see that the last little realignment with The Real You moved you forward in unexpected ways. Suddenly, you’re able to stick to routines,  make different choices, and take better care of yourself.

Dip Your Toe In

Many people have stayed away from hiring a coach because they’re unfamiliar with the process and have many questions.  (Will a coach be able to help me; can I afford it;  will it be worth the investment; will I like it;  etc.?)  In a one-off session,  we expose the underlying issues  – at the deepest possible layers  – and liberate you from your own obstacles.  You will leave with the necessary tools, and a strategy to move yourself forward, taking the next steps to build on your successes. It’s a short, reasonable investment that won’t leave you broke or disappointed.  

Years ago, I did a 20-minute Neuro Emotional Coaching(®) session with a teacher during a student fair presentation. We worked on her desire to lose weight. She had tried many times to lose weight but until that day she had not been successful.  Within 20 minutes, we were able to identify her underlying unconscious belief, neutralize it,  and replace it with a positive belief.  I ran into her at a street fair several years later. I didn’t remember her, but she told me that she lost over 40 pounds after our brief session!    

I hope that this piqued your interest enough to explore the possibility of experiencing a major breakthrough in a short period of time. Contact me.  Let’s get that last snowflake to fall. 

About the Author
Dr. Barbara Schwarck, CEO of Clear Intentions International, is an award-winning, dual-certified coach and creator of Neuro Emotional Coaching. She has coached more than 1000 CEOs, professionals, thought-leaders, and private clients that work with her on personal growth. She is the author of From Intuition to Entrepreneurship: A Women’s Guide to Following Her Dream, and articles that have appeared in Thrive Global, Sivana East, The Wellness Universe, Ladies Home Journal, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review and more.
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