I have been telling you about the project I am participating in called More Space. You can read more about it here, but basically, it is a group of 10 business bloggers writing cool and fascinating essays of 10,000 words each. The essays will be included together in a book. Todd, from A penny for… and 180CEOREAD fame is the creator and leader of the project.
The topic of my essay: The Anatomy of a Breakthrough
I have created a short survey and have received about a dozen responses. I thought I would again open it up to you to participate. The survey should take only 10 minutes or so. Here are the questions:
Anatomy of a Breakthrough Survey:
Thanks for participating in this survey! I will use your feedback, in conjunction with the feedback of several others, to contribute to the writing of my More Space essay called "The Anatomy of a Breakthrough."?? I will not identify you in conjunction with your comments within the essay, although I will acknowledge you by name for participating in the survey (I can use only your first name, if you prefer).
Here is my definition of a breakthrough: A breakthrough is a moment in time when you experience discontinuous positive change. In other words, something suddenly moves forward. Ah-ha moments and epiphanies are breakthrough moments. A breakthrough might be the moment you are inspired by a new idea and act upon it. Breakthrough moments can be huge or relatively small.
Survey questions (if you are not sure what a question means, go with what you think it means):
1. Summarize, in just a sentence or two, a recent breakthrough you have experienced.
2. Why do you consider this a breakthrough moment?
3. Describe where you were, the number of people involved, and what you were doing when the breakthrough occurred.
4. Describe how you were feeling when you experienced the breakthrough.
5. Describe the few moments that preceded the breakthrough – what was happening and how were you feeling?
6. Describe the few moments that followed the breakthrough – what was happening and how were you feeling?
7. Was there a particular statement, question, or action that triggered the breakthrough?
8. How often would you say you experience breakthroughs?
A. Not very often, it´s a rarity
D. Very often
8a. Describe what you mean by your response to question #8.
If you are willing to participate, please email me your responses at lisa-at-haneberg-management.com.
I am going to collect information, examples, and stories and draw some conclusions about the moments before, during, and after a breakthrough occurs. This information will also shed light on how to recognize and generate breakthroughs.
Thanks so much for your help and I will keep you updated on the progress of the essay!