Ever wonder why you find yourself staring at the same problem over and over again? You are not alone. It's not at all uncommon, in fact it's almost inevitable. Allow me to explain.
Back in my days as a corporate trainer, I taught this course about the fundamentals of selling. One of the key principles I taught was "the past predicts the future." The concept was simple: Ask questions about the what and the why of customer's past buying decisions, because chances were that the very same drivers and motivations would play a role in their present buying decisions. It seemed that 9 times out of 10 that was exactly the case. I was in my mid 20s then and didn't quite understand the profound nature of what I was teaching. Now with another 14 years of life experience under my belt, I get it, I really get it.
It's so much easier to keep doing what we've always been doing. After all, things seem to be working out okay... until they don't. Then one day you look up and wonder "how did I get here?" You resolve to do differently by putting in place some new systems (that killer new meal plan or workout regimen) and routines (I'll plan and prepare my meals on Sundays and track with MyFitnessPal), but you keep finding yourself back at the same place over and over again. It's frustrating. You hate it. But you feel powerless to change it. I have good news: you can change it, if you are willing to change.
All human beings, regardless of race, ethnicity, educational background, financial status, or religion, have a common tendency: to act out of habit. Sure we deliberate over some decisions, but more often than not, we just do what we do without even thinking about it. Most of the time that works out okay and we keep doing it. But what about when it doesn't work out okay? There are some patterns in our lives that we cannot afford to repeat. There are some things that have allowed to enslave us that we must break free of. We know this pattern is sabotaging our success. We know it's holding us back from all that we were born to be and achieve. But how do we go from where we are now, to where we want to be? Choose the hard over the easy.
It's easy to say things are going to be different. It's easy to set goals. It's easy to acquire tools and resources that better position you for success. But if you don't take the time, to dissect your past decisions the outcome will eventually and assuredly be the same. You've got to choose the hard over the easy.
It's hard to look back on our past and have the courage to acknowledge the thought processes and habits that no longer serve us. But that is where the magic happens.
Take the time to remember and understand your mistakes or face the inevitable: you will habitually and subconsciously repeat them. Choosing the hard over the easy; that is what sets us free.
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