We are often our biggest barriers for breakthroughs. Our doubts and fears get in the way and manage to stop many of us in our tracks. I find it helpful to ask a lot of "what if?" questions. Here is a portion of the email I sent to teams Y and Z:
The Theme for Day 7 is What if?
To create more ideas, angles, ways, perspectives, possibilities, and approaches, ask at least a dozen what if questions.
What if time was not an issue?
What if I knew _______?
What if I cleared my calendar today?
What if I am talking to the wrong people?
What if I viewed this from the customer’s perspective?
What if I partnered with someone? Who would he or she be? What would I say? What would it mean?
What if I need to create a support structure, how might I do this?
What if today were really 2 years from now - how have things changed?
What if technology X takes off?
What if I asked for exactly what I want?
What if I am barking up the wrong tree?
What if my goal were achieved, how would I feel? What would things look like?
What if the answer is right in front of me?
Ask 2 friends or online buddies to help you brainstorm what if questions. And the answers.
What if you have the opportunity to have a breakthrough today? What could you do to ensure you are breakthrough enabled?