Today I want to talk about how to make a quantum leap from where you are now to where you want to be. Today's discussion is derived from the book "You2" (You squared) by Price Pritchett. This book is absolute gold! If you do not own this book and it is not sitting on your shelf, stop everything you are doing, go to amazon.com and order it today. This should be in every human being’s personal library.
So how do you make a quantum leap in your life? Uplevel your life to such a degree your old life is only a memory and there is a newer more successful and happier version of you?
Did you know that you don’t have to be content with improving things in your life incrementally or gradually? Right now, in this moment, you are capable of exponential improvement in your performance. You can multiply your personal effectiveness, hit new highs, and shatter your old achievement records.
Fred Alan Wolf, in his award winning book titled “Taking the Quantum Leap” describes the term Quantum leap as:
“...the explosive jump that a particle of matter undergoes in moving from one place to another….in a figurative sense, taking the quantum leap means taking a risk, going off into an uncharted territory with no guide to follow.”
Physicists studying quantum mechanics note that particles make these “jumps” without apparent effort and without covering all the bases between the starting and ending points. The same concept applies to when a person makes a radical shift in their life for the better.
If you want to accelerate your rate of achievement rapidly, you must search out and vigorously employ new behaviors in your life. Quantum leaps require you to make unusual moves. You must do things that you haven’t done before. We usually fall on behaviors that seem to have worked best for us over the years. We do what we know. What is comfortable. When we take an approach that seems to be very serviceable, we become very attached to it. We don’t want to give up that habit pattern.
But “More of the same” usually just gives you more of the same. You could try harder. But it’s not a sure thing you hard work will pay off. Ordinarily trying harder produces only incremental gains, not quantum leaps. Also keep in mind that trying harder (even a lot harder) sometimes offers little more than a straight path to burnout!!
To make a quantum leap, you’ve got to break out of the rut where you’ve been running. Second-guess your routines. Overcome the addiction to your old methods. Set a new pattern. According to Price Pritchett, quantum leaps come when you seek the elegant solution. So look for an approach characterized by simplicity, precision, efficiency, and neatness.
It’s time to start focusing on possibilities, rather than on limits or obstacles. You must let your desires guide you, instead of allowing yourself to be boxed in by perceived constraints. Give yourself permission to dream, to risk. You must set yourself free from this mental prison.
If you must doubt something, doubt your limits. How powerful is that?!
A quantum leap is achieved through an intuitive, instinctive discovery process based on a sense of direction and pursuit. If you have the answers and structure and certainty up front, it’s not a quantum leap.
The formula does not involve getting everything neatly organized and all the risks eliminated before you make your move. There’s an element of hip-shooting involved here. Don’t count on having all the procedural issues for the journey buttoned down before you begin the trip.
You must be willing to tolerate ambiguity, confusion, possibly even chaos for a while, shaping your game plan as you go. Allow some disorder in your life.
If you find yourself worrying about the details and the step-by-step action plan you are going to get bogged down and start brooding over the potential problems and roadblocks that could be encountered.
Look at it this way- you’re not supposed to be concerned about what happens in the middle of the jump...you’re supposed to be thinking about where you’re going to land!
There are invisible resources readily available to make a profound difference in what you can achieve. There are unseen forces or powers that cannot be fully explained. They are rather mystical in nature, but the truth is that they exist. As Price Pritchett says, “These unseen forces seem to operate through your subconscious mind, mental imagery, intuition, and apparent “luck”. You might be hit with a flash of inspiration during a moment of solitude. A creative solution to a problem may come to you in a dream. A breakthrough idea can flash through your mind while you’re visualizing your goal. Somehow the resources you need seem to appear by coincidence.
You must choose a different set of risks than you've chosen before. Going for the quantum leap feels chancy. There is a chance involved that things can go wrong. And the risk you take may be failure, or embarrassment, or financial loss. But if you never take the chance you will never make the quantum leap! The biggest obstacle to overcoming the odds is never challenging them.
The risks hit you as rather apparent, and may be quite threatening, but you must stack them up against the hidden risks you accept when you decide to live with the status quo. Ask yourself what you’re risking if you do not go for the quantum leap. The risk is that you won’t get what you really want out of life. You’ve got to understand that you can never espace risk. It’s not something you can decide to live without. Something is ALWAYS AT STAKE. You alone are the one who decides which risks to take.
Quantum leaps do mean that to some degree you must move beyond the zone of familiarity, security, and comfort. But you can make the jump to you2 without being reckless or impulsive.
Making a Quantum Leap is not mere gambling. You simply move on an opportunity that you’ve been ignoring. You abandon your excuses. You reframe the problem. You take a completely different chance. A quantum leap is risking in a way that unmasks the truth, revealing how the only thing of significance that has been standing in the way is you.”
So start doing the opposite. Risk believing in yourself. Risk acting on the assumption that you can succeed in making a quantum leap. Otherwise, the risk is that you will settle for only a fraction of what life has to give you.
The major obstacle to overcoming the odds is never challenging them. Until you test the limits regarding what you can achieve, you can’t truly know what your chances really are.
So as Price Pritchett says, “Trust in the Power of Pursuit!” You’ve dreamed many dreams that were yours for the taking. Most people confuse wishing and wanting with pursuing. The simple secret is the seeking. Pursuit! Dreams begin to crystallize into reality when they are pursued.
The world behaves differently when you actually take action to go after what you want. What you wish “could be” starts becoming. The dream moves in your direction, begins to come to you, even as you reach for it.
Consider this-- the dreams you have realized in life are those which you actively sought. That which you achieved is what you decided to go for. You can “think positively” all day long, but in the end action will produce results.
Next you have to be willing to fail. Seek failure. Quantum leaps demand a willingness to make mistakes. An unwillingness to encounter defeat or run into problems outlaws quantum leaps. You must realize that if you experience no difficulties, problems, or pain, you are probably aiming too low. You’ve leveled off in your growth and achievement. You probably are far from reaching your limits.
So think of problems or pain or slippage in performance as a positive sign. Your performance will lag and there will be a pause. It’s the pause during which you poise for the jump, the temporary loss of momentum that occurs in the process of “changing gears.” Failure is a resource. It helps you find the edge of your capacities.
This is easier said than done. The hard reality of your problems slapping you in the face will make it easy for you to lose faith, because other people may withdraw their support and be critical of your efforts. That, plus your own anxieties and uncertainties, can tempt you to turn on yourself. This is the critical point in the process--don’t give up! Failure belongs here. It’s a sign of progress! The stress will make you want to go back to your comfort zone and retreat to safety. The trap of the familiar. Just remember this: failure does not mean you are defeated!
Actually, the struggle gives you strength. It’s like the soreness involved in developing muscle. The difficulties are just evidence that you’re learning and progressing!
You are going to have to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Quantum leaps definitely take you out of your comfort zone. Uneasiness is a predictable psychological reaction when a quantum leap is underway. When you take the quantum leap you RIDE the situation, but you don’t really control it that much. In fact, the only way to control it is by (1) knowing where you’re going. (2) continuing the pursuit, and (3) learning from your mistakes.
A quantum leap is an act of faith, exhilarating and possibly scary at the same time. You have to give up a large degree of security and safety, plow through greater amounts of ambiguity and confusion and uncertainty, wrestle with a totally new set of problems, invite failures and possibly contend with criticism from other people who have been a part of your support group in the past.
If you are uncomfortable, that is a good sign.
If you’re experiencing no anxiety or discomfort, the risk you’re taking probably isn’t worthy of you. When you are taking a quantum leap it involves using your gifts. If you look at those particular skills you have developed over the years, the talents that you have exhibited, you will find that your gifts are skills that you enjoyed and were passionate about. It’s time for you to do something with your gifts. Claim them, and you create them. Use them, and they grow to serve you better.
This process is a fascinating experience in self-discovery. A transformation occurs, a metamorphosis of yourself. You must fall in love with your vision. There must be something worth caring about--something remarkable, special, and precious enough to light the fire in your heart. Quantum leaps won’t happen if you have a lukewarm heart.
Passion is a very important part of the process. It fires the soul and fills the spirit, energizing your heart and mind for the quantum leap to a higher plane of performance. Passion also keeps you going when you hit uncertainty and problems.
But passion itself must be fueled, and you feed that flame with vision of a dream that is dramatic. The emotional intensity inside must burn hot enough to protect you against the chilling effects of doubt, uncertainty, criticism, and failure. Only deep desire can generate such heat.
For you to care this intensely, of course, there must be something worth caring about--something remarkable, special, and precious enough to light the fire in your heart. You must give yourself permission to pursue what you want most. The climate is right for a quantum leap only when you are passionately drawn to a particular goal.
So let your deepest desires direct your aim. Set your sights far above the “reasonable” target. The power of purpose is profound only if you have a desire that stirs the heart.
Quantum leaps are an act of love, a passionate statement of how you care for the thing you seek. Only an emotional move holds the power to carry you the distance from you to you2 (You squared).
Let the heart take the charge of your body. If you have a “magnificent obsession,” you are poised for a quantum leap.
Finally, make your move before you are ready. You’ll discover, once underway, that you know more than you know you know. A quantum leap is a move that is yours for the taking. Right now. It represents a giant step you can make merely by deciding to and opening yourself up to the resources presently available to serve you. “Getting ready” is merely a stalling tactic, an act of anxiety , a con game you’re working on yourself. If you wait until you can get it perfect, you will never get it at all.
The time is now.