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A New Year, Without New Ideas, is Still the Same Old Thing
Published on Dec 30, 2011
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Have you ever heard the quote, "if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten?"When trying to find a definitive source for this quote, many names are mentioned — from Abraham Lincoln to Tony Robbins. No matter who is responsible for first uttering these words, one thing's for sure: they're true.The new year is a perfect opportunity to take stock of what we've accomplished in the past twelve months. It's also a good time to look forward and define what we'd like our next year to look like.But beyond retrospect and goal setting, there's an important question we need to ask ourselves:What can we do different?If something's working well, great. But if it's not, what can we do differently to change the outcome from negative to positive?Are You Banging Your Head Against the Wall?
It's very easy for humans to get stuck in certain habits. And when we're busy, it can be incredibly hard to stop for a moment to make sure we're approaching a problem or project in the most effective way.I'd argue that taking the time to stop, think, make changes (as necessary) and then proceed is actually a big time saver. Do you really want to have to do something all over again when you don't have to? Front loading your time investment with the best strategy possible is good business, and it puts you in a better position to succeed.If you feel you're banging your head against the wall about a specific aspect of your small business (or your life), here's what you need to do:
Stop banging your head against the wall
Try something different
Trying something different means change, which often scares people. But, in the words of world-famous speaker Brian Tracy, "what if it works?" What do you have to gain if you succeed?