What’s the key to stepping into results that you’ve never gotten before? Today we look at the key to how to do just that.
Hey Guys, Its Dave Frederick with this week’s Leaders Tip. There’s an old saying that you might be familiar with, it goes like this. It says, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten”, and that is a basic truism of life.
There’s a corollary to that if you turn it around a little bit, that says “If you want to get something you’ve never gotten, you’re going to need to do something you have never done.” I’ve got that saying taped above my desk, because I have found it to be so true.
A lot of us want a different life or a different result in some area of our life. We’d like to have better health; or more or better relationships; we’d like to be more financially secure; or do better at work. Unfortunately what a lot of us do is, when we think about that, we think I just need to do more of what I am already doing. And we try to do more, which takes more time and energy, but usually does not get the result. We get frustrated, because the answer usually isn’t more.
A good definition of insanity is to think if I keep doing the same thing over and over I am going to get a different result, it doesn’t work that way. Sometimes what is required is something different. So let me give you an example, a few years ago I had gotten seriously over weight, and I started to do some triathlons to get back in shape. I started doing that and did some short ones, but then after a while I started thinking I would love to do one of the long ones, like a half iron man or an iron man.
A half iron man is a mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13 mile run (a half marathon), it’s a pretty demanding race, and I thought to do that I am just going to have to really ramp up the mileage. But then I got smart and I hooked up with a coach, and the coach sat me down and said “no, no, no” and he changed my work out completely.
He said it’s not just about all these miles, you need to change how you are training and he put together a whole plan for me, and then this past summer I finished my first half Iron Man. I wasn’t super-fast, but I finished it and finished it well. I had to change my training, change my whole workout, and approach to working out in order to get that result. That’s how it is with life. If we want a different result, we need to think not in terms of more, but different.
So let me ask you. Take a look at your life, is there an area that you would like to have a different result in? Would you like to have a different result in your health or your relationships, your finances, your work or something else? Where do you want something different than what you have right now? The answer isn’t going to be just trying to do more of what you are already doing.
The answer is going to be do something different. Maybe you need to stop something you are doing. Maybe you need to start something new. Maybe you need to just change what you are already doing. Don’t think in terms of more, think in terms of different.
If you want to get something you’ve never gotten, you’re going to need to do something you’ve never done. Go for it!