Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens once said, “Instead of me having a breakdown, I’m focusing on me having a breakthrough.”
Do you have more breakdowns than breakthroughs? When was the last time that you had a real breakthrough in your life? The irony is that I recently had a breakthrough about breakthroughs. The more I seek and look for breakthroughs the more I find them.
A breakthrough is defined as a sudden, dramatic and important discovery or development. How do you know if you have a breakthrough? You learn or understand something better. Breakthroughs are those moments that change your life. Do you look for them or do you let them pass by and have a breakdown instead?
When I lead a strategy & talent planning, team or leadership development session, I am looking for breakthroughs. And since I have been seeking breakthroughs I have seen a dramatic increase in the number of breakthroughs in companies, teams and individuals. I have experienced this same impact in my professional and personal life.
Recently, a client asked me to assess and coach one of their emerging leaders in the company to determine if it was the right time to offer this person an equity opportunity. Using behavioral science as our foundation, we had a 2-hour coaching session that led to several breakthroughs for him. He could see the way to become the leader that he wanted to be. He could see the path to a more fulfilling life and he is now experiencing it. There was such clarity for him in the process that he wanted to keep going. He asked when our next session would be. Experiencing one breakthrough inspires you to want more.
Moving forward, I want you to look for breakthroughs in every conversation and meeting. Here are some tips on how to experience more breakthroughs in your life:
- Consciously look for and seek out breakthroughs
- Recognize the breakthrough when you have one
- Define the breakthrough or truth that you discovered
- Share your breakthrough with someone or write it down
- Apply it to your life
- Celebrate your breakthrough
- Seek your next breakthrough
The objective to a more fulfilling life and successful business is putting several breakthroughs together. Don’t wait, start tomorrow by seeking out your next breakthrough. Embrace the challenges/opportunities in your life as often times a breakthrough is right around the corner. The trick to creating breakthroughs is seeking the path through that next challenge or opportunity. So are you going to have a breakdown or a breakthrough? Remember, Those Who Plan – PROFIT!
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