When we have a breakthrough it isn’t obvious to anyone else but so obvious inside our own belly, visceral, clear and uncomplicated. Recently, I suddenly just wanted to leave the room, leave and go home – then realized I was home. So it was not for me to leave …
We often do-over and over and over when the better course would be to move on to the next bit of learning the way toddlers do. Toddlers learn to speak and learn to run – they never look back to re-learn what they’ve learned before.
I’ve become convinced as I see myself, and others, re-plowing ground we’ve plowed before to re-learn what we’ve learned before because we do things over and over looking for different results. This is a phenomenon Einstein described as insanity.
Most of us might describe it as normal behavior we see all the time. Until we have a breakthrough.
Breakthrough moments just happen – can’t schedule them. They don’t fit anyone’s plan. Moments for learning when connections with people either implode or grow stronger (sometimes both happen at once).
Breakthrough moments are not always ah+ha, hello or eureka moments. They are often oh+oh, oops, finally or finality moments too. Moments of realization of something startling – often in front of witnesses who are completely oblivious to what is happening for you or me. These moments, when they come – breaking through barriers – more like when a sprinter breaks tape, but unlike toddler’s first steps. Sprinters spend their entire career in pursuit of tape-breaks whereas toddlers never have to take their first step again – ever.
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