Solution Saturday: Breakthrough Moments

Cowards love procrastination.

Aspiring authors would kill for the opportunities that come my way. But, I’ve procrastinated on writing a book for three years. I’m afraid of it.

Fear blocks possibility.

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Readers can’t understand how I’m able to write every day but can’t bring myself to write a book. Surprising isn’t it?

My attitude about writing books shifted last Wednesday during a video conference with, Alf, a V.P. of a Canadian company.


I’m fortunate to work with organizations to help develop their coaching culture. On two occasions, I invited my friend Alf to video conference in to share his companies three year journey into creating a coaching culture for a division of their national organization.

During those video conferences, I ask Alf to do a coaching demo. I’m the guinea pig. The fateful moment began when I said, “Coach me through being stuck on writing a book.”


Simple observations provide profound impact.

Fireworks exploded when Alf asked, “What if you wrote a book for yourself?” I write for myself everyday! But, I’d put writing books in a separate category.

Breakthroughs require new ways of thinking.

Our conversation ended with a two week deadline for writing an outline for a book.

7 ways to create breakthroughs:

  1. Share where you’re stuck. Progress requires vulnerability. Don’t fake it until you make it.
  2. Clarify aspirations. Define the win in short-term and long-term language.
  3. Connect current competencies to new challenges. How might the things you’re already doing find broader expression? I’m able to write a book for myself
  4. Adjust the story you tell yourself. The flipping of a switch is often the result of a new story that illuminates new perspective.
  5. Create a simple, short-term goal that includes accountability.
  6. Receive help. Self-reliance is foundational. Help from others is exponential. Do things that require help.
  7. Accept that new behaviors feel awkward, sometimes fake.

What prevents breakthroughs?

How might leaders facilitate breakthroughs for others?