Making the Impossible Possible: The Five Elements of a Breakthrough

Chemistry of Transformation: Satiation + Dissatisfaction + Threshold + Insight + Opening = Breakthrough
There are two types of people:

1. Those who get results and
2. those with stories about why they didn’t achieve what they wanted.

Although we can’t control the events that happen in our lives, we can control how we respond to them. It’s these choices that we make—especially during challenging times when many things seem impossible—that define us.

The people who get results—the leaders and the innovators in this world—are defined by one thing: Leaders show everyone that the impossible is, in fact, possible.

When that happens, it’s called a breakthrough.

“There is a powerful dividing force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream or desire a reality.”
–Anthony Robbins

Thomas Edison was a man built for breakthroughs. He burned with the passion to create things that no one had before. It took him countless tries to discover the filament—made from Japanese bamboo—that made electric light possible. Lesser men would have given up, but Edison dreamed of a world lit by electricity. He persisted, and his breakthrough made him a household name, revolutionizing our lives by adding hours to our day.

Breakthroughs are the reason people succeed and companies thrive, no matter what’s going on around them.

So how do you create your own breakthrough? It takes a certain chemistry:

1.The first thing it takes is satiation. Plain and simple, you’ve had enough. Enough of your financial problems, enough of your uninspiring career, enough of that extra 20 pounds you’ve been carrying around.

2. The second thing is dissatisfaction. Whatever you’re doing doesn’t work for you anymore. Maybe it’s not profitable and maybe it’s not fun. Maybe you’re tired of not having the energy you know you need to accomplish your desired result.Your current approach might have been successful in the past, but it hasn’t adapted to your current conditions.

3. Third is, you get to a threshold where change becomes a “must”—you’re facing bankruptcy, for example, defeat simply isn’t an option or you’re having a health challenge.

4. Fourth, you get an insight and that creates an opening.

5. Finally, in the fifth stage—and this is the most important—you step through the opening.

One moment is all it takes. One insight. One conversation. One decision. One idea. One step. Step up with the Peak Performance:60, available for you at

“No matter who you are—no matter how successful; no matter how happy—Tony has something to offer you.”
—Hugh Jackman, Actor


  1. whatever we celebrate today was impossible but iam proud it is possible today.

    charles ekongo on July 26th 2013
  2. Step through the opening ! Yes!!!!

    Daryl on April 27th 2013
  3. I’m so happy that you provided your HOUR of Power! Not only do you give a simple strategy with a great example of Thomas Edison but also a gift to us.

    The one thing I would need you to elaborate is the fourth key to breakthrough: Creating an opening? I’m sure that its simply written in this article here, but I can be blind to it.

    Two examples I have of breakthrough.
    Most important was when I discovered that I kept complaining about the event, when I broke off with my girlfriend. At that moment what was real became a false belief nowadays. I fit into the minority that sees that problem as it is, not worse. That is why I changed to become a challenger of the truth, and see through the effects and find the real cause of the problem. I found that this was a pattern in my relationship with my mother. She did abandon our family for fame and other fake relationships. This was evident when I saw the same patterns with my girlfriend and after that with women I knew as friends. It was actually today that I decided to draw a line in the cement, so to speak, of what I would no longer accept. I felt an opening, but not certain chemistry. Although I will follow the steps outlined in this article to get more informed of the flow of a breakthrough.

    Nonetheless, I have had a hard time getting away from the feeling of a breakup. I had been attending a Toastmasters organization in Poland for several months when with her, and she even came to support a speech I wrote for her. Soon after that meeting, a month or two we ended. I never quit going to the meeting altogether, and I remember her feeling me most whenever I gave more speeches during our breakup. I had began to loss my identity of who I was, and I lost self-esteem. It seemed as if everything during does meeting was going to end. I did not give up, I became a Public Relations man, so I got to enjoy the rewards of turning it around with events that I provided for our club members. Lots of joy came from the level of satisfaction I had for follow through.

    I must say this in my final statement, that I discovered the driving force like Edison did when he kept making mistakes and not giving up. Moreover, I discovered the filament of change is a MUST. I have the characteristics of determination, persistence, and patience.

    I will be working with Tony one on one during the HOUR of Power audio, and I’m definitely certain chemistry will create an opening to step through a Breakthrough.

    JAKUB LIBUDA on April 16th 2013
  4. I love the term dissatisfactional inspiration. I probably picked it up from you somewhere along the way. Nice anatomy of a breakthrough. I wish more people in life understood how possible the things they desire are if only they had a little better training and conditioning.

    Dave Schlueter on April 10th 2013
  5. Tony,

    I like this post. You make a lot of really good points about what can drive you to get up and start moving. However, I don’t think the post really answered the question of, “So how do you create your own breakthrough?” The points made in the post only lead to the beginning of what could be a breakthrough, but there are many other things that need to be in place to create your own breakthrough. Creating a breakthrough is not a one time event, it happens after a process of hard work, dedication, and unrelenting drive for greatness. The points mentioned can start the process, but they will not give you an immediate breakthrough. That will come after a process.

    Brandon Jones on April 8th 2013

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