Do Something to Breakthrough

by Mary Ann Copson

"It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." --E.L. Doctorow

Finally, I had to tell Amy that she could not go any further without getting out there and doing something. In our coaching sessions we had talked about her hopes and dreams, investigated the many possibilities, weighed the pros and cons, discovered her straights and weaknesses, and sought intuitive guidance from her powers that be.

It was time. She had to do something. She couldn’t learn any more. She couldn’t figure out anything else. The only course left was to begin walking the path.

My key energy management tip to her -- Only in actually walking the path would she be able to know more about who she was and where she was going.

Sometimes you just have to start and go for quick results– even if you don’t feel that you are ready or have everything you need to start. Waiting until "I'm ready" can frequently lead to nothing happening. Consider using a Breakthrough Technique that is designed to produce quick results and get you started right away.

This might seem a bit scary. But the big advantage in starting now is that only in actually taking the steps will you be able to explore all of the relevant issues that will come up as you are actually doing something. You can continue to research and refine your project as you go along.

Here are the steps to the Breakthrough Technique:

  • Choose a project that you will complete and present to the world – make this a stretch goal.
  • Side step elaborate planning and go for a result now.
  • Set 5 compelling, urgent and short term goals with regards to your project- skip over the planning and analysis phase.
  • Set a nonnegotiable date for completion – think in terms of days, weeks and months and not years
  • Every day take some action toward accomplishing the purpose.
  • Include "just in time" education and training as needed.
  • Focus on what you can do now with what you have.
  • Take the time to reflect and capture insights that are being gained along the way. This will allow you to discover the breakthrough expansion routes that are naturally clarified as steps are taken toward the goal. As you do this you will naturally expand your capacity to create the desired future.
  • Start today.
  • Action step:

    Pick one change that you want to make. Take 15 minutes and design the first draft of your Breakthrough Technique. Take your first step.


    Get a Breakthrough partner and support each other in achieving your nonnegotiable completion date. Make it a game. Perhaps a fun competition.

    "One starts an action simply because one must do Something." -- T.S. Elliot

    "Action is the way we get to experience ourselves. And so we act not to bring about an outcome but to bring about ourselves." -- Ellen Langer

    The above Mood and Energy Management Tip was extracted from the powerful and illuminating Way of Change e-course

    Mary Ann Copson is the creator of the Evenstar Mood and Energy Management System for Women. With Master's Degrees in Human Development and in Psychology and Counseling, Mary Ann is a Certified Licensed Nutritionist, a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, a Brain Chemistry Profile Clinician, a Professional Life Coach and Human Development Consultant. For resources about reconnecting to your natural rhythms through better management of your physical, emotional, mental, psychological and spiritual energy visit

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