Breakthrough moments rise up and grip you by the throat.
Resist them and you’re stuck. Navigate them and you’ll achieve new levels of success.
Many leaders resist the very thing
that most lifts their leadership.
The leadership journey includes extended periods of gradual growth punctuated by moments of terrifying, turbulent change – breakthroughs. Sadly, we’re prone to fight off the beast rather than embrace it.
Breakthroughs are stifled when you:
- Run from hard truths – the ones you know but don’t want to hear.
- Refuse to admit you’re wrong.
- Surround yourself with weak “yes-men”.
- Repeat standard behaviors.
- Leverage proven skills.
- Cling to comfort.
- Stick with familiarity.
- Resist responsibility.
- Focus more on others rather than yourself.
- Express tenacity to the point of stubbornness – refusing to change.
Breakthroughs moments are more likely to occur when:
- Strategic distress in the form of new challenges stretches confidence.
- Frustrations outweigh satisfactions.
- Untested skills are tested.
- Unexpected failures challenge standard operating procedures.
- Sudden crisis confronts the status quo.
- New opportunities rise up.
- Fresh eyes observe stale attitudes and behaviors.
- Someone courageously points out the elephant in your life.
- Someone believes in you more than you believe in yourself. Self-limiting beliefs hold people back.
- Someone presses you more than you press yourself.
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