Sunday, June 3, 2012

Breaking through

Most people can count on one hand all the times in their life they've had a real breakthrough.  Breakthrough's are rare but are the threshold to all life's goals, be they centered around work, our sport or our relationships.

As elusive as breakthroughs may be, we all know instinctively when they happen to us because things open up and seem effortless on the other side of them.  Everyone's experience is a little different but in general breakthroughs feel like coming through a mud bog or lifting your head out from beneath layers of thick blankets.  Oxygen and light come pouring in.

Having a breakthrough is difficult and everyone struggles getting there because nothing about it is easy.  It requires great sacrifice and determination.  This sounds simple enough, but sacrifice is easier to understand than determination, which is more of a mystery.  What is determination exactly, and how do we actualize it? 

I've been thinking about this and was going to research it for more insight, but then thought about my own breakthrough's and realized that determination was a combine of two things, trust and consistency: Meaning, I trusted in my abilities at all times and I was steadfast and consistent in my process.

Of the two components, trust is more difficult to define than consistency because it's an emotional condition, our internal belief that we can do it.  But you can't see your own trust, or track it in the same way you can record the consistency of your actions because it has no operational constructs.

So for me at least, cultivating and training self belief /trust is the most important thing. Consistency is the pathway to the breakthrough, but trust is its foundation and drive.

Perhaps the best strategy in attaining breakthroughs should be focused on protecting belief in self and our consistency, rather than the goal itself.  It seems like if we endure and make it to the doorstep, stepping through the threshold is practically automatic. And what of everything else on the other side? Well, that becomes a downhill gallop.

 Peace and roll strong!


  1. Determination is not equivalent to consistency. Had not considered the importance of trust as an esoteric component of determination. A timely piece of insight for me today. Thanks.

  2. "Fight for the value of your person. Fight for the virtue of your pride. Fight for the essence of that which is man: for his sovereign rational mind. Fight with the radiant certainty and the absolute rectitude of knowing that yours is the Morality of Life and that yours is the battle for any achievement, any value, any grandeur, any goodness, any joy that has ever existed on this earth."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Ch. 7

  3. Love this post, and great image with the horse sculpture you chose to match, too!
    Nice to see you out on the road today.