My amazing friend and power partner, Jenifer Madson, and author of the new book Living the Promises, told me recently to “stop doing what doesn’t work.” Well, she didn’t tell me to do that outright, she said it in a conversation about something else but it was one of those golden nuggets that she drops occasionally that just resonate with me in a different context.
I wrote it on a note and tucked it next to my mouse pad and have been looking at it ever since.
Note to self: Stop Doing What Doesn’t Work.
How often do we continue to plow through something, even if it’s not working, just because it exists or is set up that way, or because we created it and just can’t seem to let it go?
Like you, I have lots of ideas for my business. By ideas, what I really mean is “additions” and that feels overwhelming because I’ll have to do “more.” But a big part of adding new and more productive strategies, and increasing productivity, would naturally involve letting go of things too.
Stop doing what doesn’t work.
It’s scary to think of letting go of things. That feels like loss, even if there is so much to gain by doing so. What if the new things don’t work? I created those old things; I can’t just stop doing them, can I?
Yes, the answer is yes.
In fact, it is abundantly clear that in order to move forward with grace and purpose, I have to choose to stop doing what no longer works for me, no matter how attached I have become.
And therein lies the rub – I have become too attached.
Attached to ideas that are no longer current or valid.
Attached to processes that may have worked in the past but don’t work now.
Attached to systems that got me to where I am now but are not capable of taking me where I want to go.
Attached to things I created and thought should live forever.
What system have you become attached to that are actually holding you back? What process worked for you a few years ago that now feels like it doesn’t fit anymore?
What idea have you been nurturing for so long that it no longer serves your future or greater good?
What if you just stopped doing what doesn’t work? And what if the results were extraordinary?