We all know the idiom: “Is your glass half empty or half full?” It is used to determine how someone sees or experiences their circumstances. Half full and the view of the experience is optimistic; half empty and the view is pessimistic. When life has handed me challenges, I have often used this phrase to determine not only how I was going to handle the situation but how I did the actions either cheerfully from a half full perspective or grumpily from the half empty perspective. I suspect in the past, you might have used this phrase too, to determine your mood in facing a challenge.
There is no right/wrong in viewing your glass half empty or full. There is another way which seems more powerful to me. What I am talking about is the phenomenon of breakdown/breakthrough. Marshall McLuhan said it this way: Any breakdown is a breakthrough. We all know what a breakdown is. What is a breakthrough? Webster-Merriam says it’s: a sudden advance in knowledge or technique.
When we see our challenges as breakdowns, and we start to create solutions for the breakthroughs highlighted by the breakdown, we begin to advance ourselves and our intentions.
If we refuse to see breakdowns as a part of breakthroughs, we lose our spark and our interest in life. We long to return to the safe past and live our safe life and have our safe, uneventful and most likely mediocre businesses.
If you are stuck in a breakdown and can’t see the breakthrough in it, please contact me. I am always here to help. I promise not to fill you with false optimism and a useless pep talk. Instead we will develop a plan for having a breakthrough and the results that you want.