From Dr. Henry Cloud: Making a change means making a change…

To get to the next level, we need to improve. Whether it’s improving your skills, your performance or even your attitude, it can be hard to accept this blunt fact of life.

See, improvement speaks to the closing of a metaphorical gap. Where we are now and where we want to be is separated by ground we have yet to cover. At first, it’s tempting to believe we just need commitment to achieve our goals. 

But there’s a problem. Something’s missing. We haven’t changed in any meaningful way.  We’re still the same person, just with a new sense of discipline.  We inevitably fall into the same traps or hit the same ceilings.

Closing the gap requires a change to the system, opening it up to new things. We need new sources of energy and intelligence to transform how we approach our goals.

Einstein is often credited with defining insanity as doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. The same applies to the science of improvement. Simply trying harder and willing ourselves to get to the next level always fails. We get tired, discouraged and ultimately demotivated.

The fuel we really need is positive support. The connections we have, our teams and relationships, must fill us with the belief and confidence that we can improve. Intelligence is key. We need to know what we don’t know.  Then we need to fill those holes with new information, intelligence we didn’t have before.

By applying new intelligence to our goals and surrounding ourselves with a strong support team, we equip ourselves with a better arsenal to bridge the gap.  To improve.


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