I’m a big believer that solid, steady progress wins most races over the long haul and that the mastery of the basics, day in and day out blocking and tackling, wins far more games than fancy trick plays. At the same time, it’s important to know how to be flexible, when to pivot, when to change tactics.
The “Quantum Leap Approach” can be a powerful if unconventional tool for achieving breakthrough performance. In physics, a quantum leap is when an atom’s electron “jumps” from one energy level to another incredibly swiftly. How to achieve quantum leaps in our lives? We rarely get more in life than we expect; our own beliefs about what is possible are our self-imposed limits. In many areas, countless times, we are capable of far more than we think. When we are willing to shift to “possibility thinking”, to adopt a “what if” mentality; when we are willing to release our brakes, to ask ourselves “Why not me? Why not now?”, whole new worlds open up and quantum leaps become possible.
Trying harder and longer works well in some situations but is far from a “one size fits all” path to success. What do you believe possible? Are your beliefs holding you back? Are you willing to try a new approach; something dramatically different from the old “gradual/incremental is all there is” mindset? What areas could you try clean sheet thinking, go for dramatic, exponential improvement, create a quantum leap?
While I sincerely believe that, nine times out of ten, “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”, I also believe wholeheartedly in “Thinking Big; Dreaming Boldly” and always try on my quantum leap hat first just in case.
“I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening When I counted my scanty store.
For Life is a just employer, He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages, Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire, Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life, Life would have willingly paid.”
– Jessie B. Rittenhouse, 1869-1948
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier