Breakdowns can be positive.
Just declaring a breakdown in something first creates the acknowledgement:
‘This does not work‘, or ‘this is not acceptable‘.
A calm assessment, a rage, or a tantrum – it clears the air.
Second, in doing so it creates the possibility of a new future, not yet necessarily clear, which did not previously exist.
How do you go bankrupt? Slowly, then suddenly.
Often things don’t go wrong overnight, they build up gradually without a realisation they’re going wrong.
Like the time you’re spending in the business, versus time with the family.
The relationship with an important but demanding customer that that’s causing sleepless nights.
Relationships within the business.
And sometimes it takes a straw to break the camel’s back.
‘Right – that’s the last time… enough is enough’
Snap – this is broken. You then reach a point of declaring the breakdown.
In financial terms its facing the brutal facts – figures don’t lie. In non-financial terms it might not be so black and white.
The first step is declaring, nothing wrong or right, simply:
THIS DOES NOT WORK.
You stop looking the other way, pretending it’s ok – walking over the trash.
In that moment of realisation, or clear declaration, the potential future is transformed.
Not changed, made better, or different. Transformed.
You first get clear on the ‘What’s So’, and then get to choose the ‘So What’…
A line is drawn under the past, and a blank sheet of paper picked up to create what’s next.
The last 3 months may have created a unique opportunity to shine a light on what’s working well, and what’s not.
I’ve heard several times ‘I don’t want to go back to the way it was’.
30th June – the end of the weird Quarter 2 of 2020, the completion of the first half of the year.
The perfect time to declare a breakdown.
And then, the 1st of July, paint on a blank canvass what the next 3 or 6 months will look like for you or your business.
You’ve then created a powerful context for action;
- The clear declaration of the breakdown. And then the so what…
- Writing it down – or better still communicating it to someone important.
- And then action.
Declaring a breakdown – the access to a breakthrough.