When Something Is Not Working

stop digging when something is not working
If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging ~ Roy Rogers

First and foremost, I want to wish you and yours a Happy New Year! I hope it’s been a good one, and if it has been less than expected, I hope you’re on an improving trajectory.

I think that one of the great things of taking a natural pause to look at what we are doing is to gut check ourselves. I think any self-determined person can push harder and muster more resolve. Sometimes, that seems like the simplest answer.

But what if something is not working that you have put your hand to for a while now? You have a few options if you want a different outcome. Some questions to create some clarity for yourself:

Is my strategy right?

Have things changed, and I have failed to change with them?

Am I catering to relationships more than the goal?

What do I truly want now?

Have I tested my assumptions or just gone all in too early?

Do I care as much as I used to?

The hard part is to figure out if we are being honest about our situations. We tell ourselves stories that make sense for ourselves.

But, as the New Year comes, take a look at some of the things that are not working. Get someone to push you on these questions. See if you can get an honest answer from yourself.

Then pivot as you need to. Yes, some people struggle to work hard. But well meaning people could be mistaken about what should happen rather than what is happening. If reality is telling you your idea is not working, it may be time to shift.

What is not working for you here at year’s end? What changes can you make for the New Year?

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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