Have you ever felt stuck in a rut, like you really needed to make a change to kickstart your progress, but every time you tried to do something new or change your approach, you find that not a whole lot happens?
If you’ve tried this before, you can start to feel like you’re never going to get out of that rut and start making progress. You may start to fear that maybe this place you’re in and those feelings you’re having are going to be permanent.
The problem may very well not be that you don’t have the capability to change. The problem may instead be in the approach you are taking to try to make those changes.
Tweaking vs. Innovating
You see, when we try to make changes in our lives, we like to try to tweak. The problem with tweaking is that it’s just a small incremental change that doesn’t really make a lot of progress. In order to really create a transformational change that’s going to get out of that rut and start making huge progress, we need to innovate.
The importance here is that you cannot innovate by tweaking. By innovation, what I simply mean doing something new or doing something old in a very new way. To innovate, you have to break out of your comfort zone, throw something at the wall, and see what happens.
When you tweak, you take a look at what your already doing and then try to make a small change that will slightly improve it. Tweaking is fine if you just need to make little bits of improvement or if you want to test some things out.
Unfortunately, what got you to the level you’re currently at is often the thing that’s holding you back from going to the next level.
For example, I am a motivational keynote speaker. My original presentation got good reviews and got me bookings, but I wanted (needed!) to grow my business, so I figured, “Okay, I need to make my presentation better.”
The problem is that for a long time (longer than I would like to admit), I tried to make my keynote better by tweaking it. I would add in a one or two-minute segment. I would change a story. I would slightly move some things around. Using this approach, my business never really got a wh
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