In this blog series I am going through 15 challenges that the late Jim Rohn dared us to pursue in our own lives.
Today we will be talking about the third challenges that jim Rohn gave us.
Exercise Your Willpower to Change Direction
You don’t have to keep doing what you’ve been doing the last six years if it’s not yielding the benefits you want. My mentor helped me review the last six years so I wouldn’t repeat those errors the next six. Pick a new destination and go that way. Use your willpower to start the process. You don’t have to repeat last year. Clean up the errors. Invest it now in the next year. Watch it make the difference.
Just because you have been doing something for as long as you can remember, it does not mean that is what you should be doing. There are many things that could contribute to this.
As time passes by, new technologies might become available. The new technology could allow you to do your job better and more efficiently, but if you are unwilling to change, you won’t be able to take advantage of what is available. For instance, you may have started by using a typewriter. You may have become very good at using a typewriter and it works really well for you. When the technology of the computer came along, it offered a more efficient way of doing some of the same things that the typewriter did. If you refuse to start using a computer because using a typewriter works well for you, you are robbing yourself of the chance to make changes that would improve your performance. In today’s society, it would seem silly to still be using a typewriter.
Another reason is that you might have some sentimental attachment to something. You may know that there is a better product or perhaps a newer model, but you hang on to the old one because you are used to it and like it. A good example of this is when a newer version of Microsoft Word comes out. The newer version might be better in many ways and actually be easier to use, but you don’t want to go through the learning curve of learning the new program so you hang on to using the old one as long as you can. It seems silly, but this can be real.
Another reason is that maybe someone along the line taught you to do something a certain way. There are often many different ways of accomplishing the same task. Maybe you discover a new way of getting the same end result that is easier and more efficient than the way you learned. You hang on to the old way because that is the way you were taught. It is just silly to do that.
It is a good idea to take time to review the way you are doing things. If you find that there are newer, more efficient, or better ways of doing the things you are doing now, you need to be open to adopting these new ways so that you can improve yourself and how you are doing things. Change is not always easy, but you need to have the willpower to learn and adopt new ways and methods that will improve the process. Things evolve and you need to be willing to evolve with them or you will be left in the dust.
If you find errors that you have made in the past, look for ways you can try to avoid those same errors in the future. Invest the time and effort into improving in these areas in the coming year. It can make a huge difference in your development as a person.
I would like to challenge you to look objectively at the way you do things and see if there are ways you could be doing those things better. If you find that there are better ways, have the willpower to learn and adopt these new ways.