President’s Corner: Is It Time For A Breakthrough?

President's Corner: Is It Time For A Breakthrough?Campus President Dick Daigle

Recently, I was reading a book authored by Tony Robbins where he talks about different myths that we all deal with throughout our lives. The final myth that he talked about, I believe, fits us all here at ATI.

The myth we all have to tackle says, the reason we’re not succeeding, not achieving or not growing is because of someone or something else beyond our control.  That alternative thought indicates that somehow we just aren’t made of the stuff that can help us master those areas in life. The truth is: The ultimate thing that stops most of us from making significant progress in our lives is our own limiting perceptions or beliefs.  No matter how successful we are, no matter how high we reach personally, professionally, spiritually, emotionally, there’s always another level we could achieve. To get there, we have to be honest with ourselves and honest about our unconscious fears.

Everybody has a fear of failure at some level at some point in their lives. Even when we know what to do, our fear can keep us from executing our plans. As a result, rather than face our natural fears, we come up with stories or reasons of why we are not where we want to be or who we want to be. Our stories almost always relate to something outside our control, or our lack of some natural talent or ability. Talent and skill are two key elements to success. For those truly committed, you can get the skill if you can get beyond the mental limits of how hard, difficult, or “impossible” it may be to succeed.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.  -Mark Twain

What’s next?  A breakthrough.  A breakthrough is a moment in time when the impossible becomes possible. This is when you just don’t talk about something, but you finally take action and do whatever it takes to make it happen. Any change in your status, takes an action to make it happen.

So now is the time to reflect. Are you who you want to be or where you want to be?  If one or both of these areas are not to your satisfaction, put a plan together to make that change, then make it happen. Things may not happen overnight, but with persistence changes can and will happen.

A comment that I’ve often heard over the years: “The biggest obstacle that you will incur during your lifetime is standing in your shoes.”