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Should You Try Harder?

Updated: Mar 2, 2022

We sometimes think that when something isn’t working, we just need to try harder. Sounds like an obvious answer, doesn’t it? It may get you moving for a while but, in my experience, it’s doomed in the long-term. Think about diets, going to the gym, being nicer to someone, or changing a bad habit.

The truth is, permanent change is not possible by simply trying harder. You haven’t changed anything about the situation you’re working on: not the world, and not yourself. I’m not saying trying hard isn’t necessary, I’m saying it isn’t sufficient for permanent personal change.

So, how do you make a permanent change? The idea is pretty straightforward. Imagine this scenario. You’re in a boat. It’s leaking and you’re sinking, but you have a small red plastic cup, and if you keep bailing water, you’ll stay afloat. Sure, it works. For a while. But you’ll get tired, the cup may get damaged, and after a while, you stop bailing and you sink. That’s exactly what “trying hard” does to your life. 

Now, a more enlightened sailor in the same predicament will remember his or her past experiences and will take the plastic cup and stuff it in the hole. Job done. No more leaks, no more aching arm, and no more chance of sinking. 

Rather than struggling with things the way they are – change the way things are…permanently. 

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Image courtesy of Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

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