My dad said, “If nothing changes, then what will change?” Too often in business and life, we fool ourselves by thinking that our results will change if our intentions change.
Our peer groups have a process called “The Hot Seat.” At each quarterly meeting, one business breaks down its business in detail. It also shares its goals and its plans to get there. This has proven to be extremely valuable not only to The Hot Seat participant but also to all other peer members.
Everyone gains perspective from this process.
The most common thing I see is that people have had the same results or issues for years. Their plans to move forward are the same plans they’ve had, but, according to them, “We’re going to do it this time!”
My response is, “No, you’re not.”
It’s not because they don’t want to or aren’t capable. It’s just that if they were going to make the plans work, they already would have.
There are systemic things with your business or your self-image that are holding you back. You need to dig deeper and do things differently if you want things to change.
Here’s the bottom line. If you want dramatically different results, you must do things differently. Trying harder and having better intentions are great. It’s just not enough.
We spend too much time in our life kidding ourselves about protecting our self-image. I challenge you to think about where you want to be in two to three years and ask yourself, “Is my plan the same plan that has only gotten me this far?” “What is standing in my way?” “What will I do dramatically different?”
Again, if nothing changes, then what will change?