What It Takes To Succeed, taken from Introduction
Success, in business and in life, is usually rooted in a little known element, one of those topics hinted at in self-actualization circles, in boardrooms of the Fortune 50 companies, and in the halls (or foosball rooms) of fast-growing entrepreneurial companies.
I call them “Breakthroughs” – the act of shifting from what you currently know and believe and see possible, to a previously unseen fresh view.
We’re all waiting for and hoping for “Breakthroughs.” The people running those companies all know perfectly well there is no such thing as the ‘magic bullet’ or the ‘red pill’ that would create instant results (yet they still hope for one).
If it existed, you can bet it would be well known by now and marketing geniuses would be putting it in front of us at every turn (They sure try to do it now anyway!). I sure would be in line for it, and I bet you would be too.
Of course, we can continue to hope and dream such a miraculous tool will show up out of one of the biomedical labs, or high-tech creations happening worldwide.
Until that fantasy becomes real, what we do know is that in business (and life) there are specific activities that breed success: everything from planning, managing and leading, to executing tasks with excellence.
No shortcuts there. Building blocks. Road-tested effective ways to do ‘high value’ activities that are learnable and transferable. It’s what sorts out the good businesses from the failing ones.
While good companies are chugging along, sweating through each day, breakthrough-creating tools are being used by the ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers and builders of greatbusinesses to trigger their leaps beyond the good ones.
Rather than hang around waiting for insights, ideas and breakthroughs with a little ‘b’, these courageous folks are deliberately creating the circumstances to trigger quantum leap Breakthroughs with a capital ‘B’ – the ones that transform minds, decisions, actions and results.
Notice that I said ‘the circumstances.’
It’s as much of a romantic notion that we can create Breakthroughs on call, at a whim, as that there’s a “red pill.”
What you CAN implement now is a series of proven techniques that can help you open the gateway to make enormous leaps forward rather than tiny incremental progress.
Having seen, read, heard and considered thousands of hours and pages of material and real world examples, I can confidently tell you that
“Breakthroughs are waiting
just one thought away.”
~ Linda Feinholz
And it’s important that you recognize the source of all Breakthroughs is Thought. It’s only following the thought itself that deeper exploration of the idea, the practicalities of it, the mechanics of new relationships and fresh action can produce actual results.
So the first key is to create the conditions for your Breakthroughs.
At times the conditions resemble the ones found in personal development and self-actualization programs – those courses and writings that are the result of thousands of years of human endeavors and seeking for enlightenment. So they’re time-tested approaches to triggering shifts in thought and action.
After all, life and business are merely the actualization of our personal enlightenment, goals, and activated intentions.
But enough of the ‘woo woo’ – here’s the practical. Transformation is a 2-stage process. Your willingness tofocus attention on these ideas, stories and technique triggers, rather than in your highly trained analytical and critical mind, is the first step.
The second key is to make the commitment to Action - discipline and commitment in using them and in following through once you have your Breakthrough.
You can think of it as the two stages represented in this arrow:
It starts here, now, with the time-proven 5 Core Principles of Breakthroughs.
THE FIVE CORE PRINCIPLES OF BREAKTHROUGHS
1 – SHIFT HAPPENS…
WHEN YOU SEE, FEEL, AND KNOW
WHERE YOU’RE HEADING AND
WHY YOU WANT IT
2 – INSIGHT SHOWS UP…
WHEN YOU LET GO OF HOW YOU DO IT NOW
3 – RESULTS ARE EASY…
WHEN YOU DESIGN EVERY ACTIVITY
TO ACHIEVE THEM
4 – CHALLENGES MELT AWAY…
WHEN YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SUCCESS TEAMS,
MODELS AND MENTORS
5 – YOU’LL BREAK THROUGH AGAIN…
WHEN YOU SYSTEMIZE TAKING ACTION ON THEM AND
CELEBRATE THE ONE YOU JUST MADE
If you’re ready to build a business you love and a life you adore, learn these Five Principles and keep them in front of you, in your attention every day.
Any one idea or sentence can produce “Ah Ha!”s you’ve been waiting for… if you let them in, let yourself perceive them.
The bottom line is that you’re building successful results on the spark effect of your Breakthroughs depends on you installing new habits, having the new ideas, taking new actions and repeating the cycle again and again..
... You might now understand why we insist that, "Creating the Vision is one of the key responsibilities of the Leader," and you'll see shortly why it is one of the key steps in Breakthrough - The Success Guide For Entrepreneurs And Business Owners.