In my last article, I talked about the defining moment, whether in athletics, business or releasing, when we get to the point where we find ourselves stuck.

Back when I was in the competitive karate world and before I knew how to release, I remember feeling stuck for a year or more at a time. When that happened, I decided that though I was stuck I would move through it.

It would still take me another six months to a year to get through the stuckness. Even though I was training no differently, nothing changed.

It was frustrating, but I made a long-term commitment. I kept my eye on the goal and would plow through it until I got my breakthrough. Sometimes it would get so bad that I would hit rock-bottom and I was left with no choice but to get up and keep pushing.

The whole thing that kept me going was the goal of personal growth. Even though the outer situation was whatever it was, I held onto the goal of growing within that realm (karate, business, whatever).

One thing I found beyond a doubt was that outer success only reflected how I felt on the inside, so I just needed to stretch and grow those internal limitations.

What I learned was that when I hit this wall, that’s the point where I needed to grow and break down some of those limits I was holding onto internally.

That, to me, was the decisive moment.

That’s the point where someone who is, say, growing a business will find their self stuck and if they have their long-term vision in place, they can power through the tough cycles. If not, they’re going to use the situation to become a victim and they’re going to give up.

It’s the same in athletics. It’s the same in business. It’s the same in releasing.

It seems to be the same in everything we do.

In the world of those who don’t use the tools of releasing, it’s the very small few that we call champions who find a way to push through that, one way or another. They push through the wall even if it’s through extreme effort while the vast majority would fail and eventually give up.

Lester nailed it on the head when he said, “The difference is attitude and perspective.”

Pursuing any goal (even the goal of total freedom) is just a matter of attitude and perspective.

In part three of this series, I will show you the easy way to achieve the attitude and perspective that allows you to break through any obstacle that comes up between you and your goals.