If you were to have a “breakthrough session”, what kind of “breakthrough” would yours be?
My friend James Tripp and I were talking yesterday about how various coaches and therapists offer “breakthrough sessions” – and I must have subconsciously asked myself: “What kind of breakthrough?” because a personal story sprang to mind.
(James pointed out that this was an example of how Clean Language enthusiasts typically find themselves coaching themselves using the questions in their own thoughts, without even noticing it. It’s a great side-effect of using this coaching approach.)
When I was about nine years old, an architect friend of my parents came to dinner. While they ate, and chatted (about property, among many other things) the architect noticed that the house was configured in such a way that it would be relatively easy to create an extra bedroom.
My parents were sceptical but curious.
The architect nipped home to fetch a hammer and chisel. Then, watched by my dad, he knocked out a couple of bricks in a wall.
They peered through at a perfectly room-sized space!
That was the breakthrough.
They didn’t go on to smash the whole wall down – there were young children in the house and it might not have been safe.
Months later, the space became a bedroom. But there were all kinds of unpredictable dramas on the way. For example, the architect would have had no idea that one of the main roof joists was held up by an ancient tin of baked beans! Nor could he foresee the storm that blew off the tarpaulin during the building work and sent a river of rainwater down the stairs.
And then it was my bedroom, the first I hadn’t had to share… and now, that same space is my parents’ bedroom… and one day it will belong to some other family.
What kind of breakthrough would your breakthrough be?