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The Secret to Achieving a Breakthrough in Your Career

The Secret to Achieving a Breakthrough in Your Career

Do you want to know how to have a breakthrough year? In all areas of your life?

Just stay open.

That’s hard enough to do on a daily basis, as we have lots of ways of keeping ourselves from being just that. We become cynical or jaded or glib. We get rejected so we begin to believe in limitations and start doubting. We negate. The more closed we become the more we shut out the possibility of what being open brings—which is simply more openings. When we stay open we create openings in our life.

And openings are breakthroughs.

I think we believe that breakthroughs occur in a flashy, dynamic, sudden, Boom! kind of way, but I’ve actually found that although quantum breakthroughs do occur, those are actually called miracles. Breakthroughs, however, occur on a daily basis by simply showing up. They’re not nearly as dramatic or perhaps as exciting as what we think a huge momentous experience looks like compared to the actual day-in-and-day-out of creating, but that’s the only way we can get there. I know it’s a lot less glamorous than just being discovered or it magically happening, but we can rely on science because the logic works.

It’s laying the foundation. If the foundation isn’t laid we can’t climb to the next level. It’s physically impossible. Breakthroughs occur at the thought level first. We have a new idea or an Ah-ha! or a paradigm shift. That’s a breakthrough.

They also occur at the planning level—we want to take action and move forward with our idea, and this phase is the bridge we must take to get to the third level: action.

It doesn’t matter if what we want shows up right away or it looks like we thought it’d look. The breakthrough simply occurs in doing it. Sitting around and having thoughts about something isn’t the same as actually taking that something and moving into the world with it.

So, if you want to have a breakthrough year, stay open.

And remember that in order for an equation to work, you have to remain part of the equation. Taking yourself out of it collapses possibility, and leaves no opportunity to break through.

Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and artistic director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW) with studios in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Vancouver. It was honored by Backstage three years in a row and named the Best Acting Studio in Los Angeles (Best Scene Study and Best Cold Read).

Meindl's first feature film, “Birds of a Feather,” won the Spirit of the Festival Award at the 2012 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and he won Best Director at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. It releases on iTunes and DVD in March of 2014. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Love, Backstage, and various spirituality podcasts. He has been featured in ABC News, Daily Variety, LA Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, and CW KTLA. He has been a guest speaker at the GATE 2013 Story Conference, founded by Jim Carrey and Eckhart Tolle, and David Lynch's Masters in Film Program (Maharishi University of Management).

He is also the author of the best-selling creativity book, At Left Brain Turn Right, which helps artists of all kinds unleash their creative genius within. Check out Meindl's free smartphone app on iTunes. Follow Meindl on Twitter @AnthonyMeindl

Meindl's 2nd book, Alphabet Soup For Grown-Ups, is available now on

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