People talk about breakthroughs the same way they talk about waiting for inspiration – as if it’s something magical they have to wait for.
That’s simply not true.
In this Tiny Talk, I’ll teach you a process you can use to have consistent creative breakthroughs instead of waiting for one to randomly fall on your head.
What is a breakthrough?
It’s when you get new results by deciding something different and implementing it.
You can have breakthroughs in your old belief systems, ways of thinking, ways of creating, old thoughts and habits, the way you make decisions, the way you relate to others.
We do this in three steps:
- We make decisions about something we want, a goal, or a way of being or thinking.
- We implement that decision.
- We evaluate.
The more you go through this cycle and the faster you go through it, the more breakthroughs you will have. The more breakthroughs you have, the more growth you’ll experience and the faster you will get new results.
A lot of us get stuck in the phase of making decisions. We just can’t seem to make them very quickly because we’re afraid they might not work, and in some cases, we’re afraid they will work!
We start dramatizing all the choices and convincing ourselves we have to make the perfect decision because we believe that will get us to our goal faster.
The truth is you can’t get out of indecision unless you stop being afraid of choosing the wrong thing. In fact, you have to be willing to choose the wrong one.
Failure is part of the breakthrough cycle; it really is, and the ability to be okay with that is the fastest way to the end result you are seeking. Commit to having your own back no matter what.
When you make a decision, you want to do so from the mindset of a person who has already achieved the result. Of course, you’re not going to nail it right out of the gate, but the more you practice making decisions as if you have already achieved the goal, the closer you will be to getting there.
It’s going to be a bit of a struggle, it’s going to take practice, and it might be really challenging, and that’s okay. It’s how you get to the breakthrough.
People who try to take shortcuts end up right back where they started because they’re taking a lot of action from a place of zero growth, and it’s the equivalent of beating your head against a brick wall.
Choose a framework that has provided success in creating the result you want and use that to make the decision-making process more manageable. For instance, if you’re trying to do a rewrite or create a first draft, there are many ways you could do it. Find a process that is already out there that has been successful and make your decisions within that framework.
The second part of a breakthrough cycle is implementing the decision you have made within that proven framework.
It might sound exhausting to have to decide and implement constantly, but what’s really exhausting is making decisions repeatedly and continually questioning your decisions after you make them without the benefit of ever implementing them.
It’s indecisiveness that drains your energy.
Just making a tiny little decision that moves you forward is what is going to give you momentum and pull you into that breakthrough cycle.
Even if you don’t get the result you want, you will just make another decision and keep it moving.
If something doesn’t work, you try something new.
But just taking a lot of action is not the same thing as implementing. With each failure, you need to make new decisions from that place of someone who has already achieved the result.
The final step of the breakthrough cycle is evaluating. You look at what worked, what didn’t, and what you will do differently based on the result you got from the decision you did make.
Be as specific as you can so your next decision will be closer to that energy of deciding from the place where you have already achieved the result.
This might be difficult to process but I promise if you put it into practice, it will make complete sense and you will be living your life in constant breakthroughs, which means quicker and better results.
The best way to get really good at this is to have a coach or a solid process to follow to help you evaluate your decisions.
Practice; be okay with failing. It just means it’s time to make another decision and ask yourself where it is you need to grow, which will help you make the next decision.
Decide, implement, and evaluate = breakthroughs
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