• Quit Trying Harder.

    An excerpt from The Quantum Leap Strategy

    Consider how you’re trapped by your own solutions, like struggling with Chinese handcuffs.

    Quantum leaps demand new patterns of thought and action. If you just keep on doing what you’ve been doing, the odds are you’ll keep on getting what you’re getting now. Likewise, if you try to achieve a breakthrough by simply “trying harder,” the best you’re probably going to do is make some gradual gains—incremental progress maybe, but not a quantum leap.

    People ordinarily assume that achieving more calls for greater effort. When they’re stuck, they rely on trying harder to get unstuck. But “more of the same” doesn’t fit into the you2 formula.

    “More of the same” is a trap. The apparent logic of that approach is seductive, particularly when you’re under stress, but don’t fall for it. Persistence holds little promise in the breakthrough process. You’ve been taught that persistence is a virtue, but there’s more to the story—indiscriminate persistence can be a curse, causing you to waste time and energy on a hopeless situation. Your “solutions” can become a major part of your problem.

    Granted, there are circumstances in life where selective persistence, let’s call it “staying power,” is critically important—maybe even in the pursuit stage of a quantum leap. Not on the front end, though, when you’re supposed to be changing gears instead of just doggedly doing the same old things with more vigor and determination.

    Harder is not automatically better. Your level of effort doesn’t matter as much as the kind of effort—in other words, what you do is more important than how hard you do it.

    A quantum leap isn’t something you make happen; it’s something you allow to happen. The key is not to get in the way. Relying on raw effort will only make you a victim of your own struggles.

     

    The quantum leap strategy will fascinate you with what it offers in terms of return on investment. You accomplish far more with less effort than you’ve been giving. That’s impressive enough, but the bonus is the speed at which you receive this bigger payoff.

    Instead of trying harder, try easier.

    Look for radically different approaches that would be easier, perhaps almost effortless.

    © 2012 PRITCHETT, LP