I remember my first couple of seasons as a college baseball coach.

Anytime we lost a game I’d ramp up our practice efforts another notch. We’d go longer. Run more. Increase the intensity. My strategy was normal: “We’d just try harder.”

But it wasn’t working.

The increase in efforts offer little if any improvement.

Ironically, the struggle was part of the trap.

It was impossible for us to keep doing what we’d always done and make a massive shift in the results we were getting.

Trying harder doesn’t always work.

Sometimes we need to do something radically different to achieve greater levels of success. We need to break out of our paradigm prisons, our habit patterns and our comfort zones.

No…I’m not suggesting you don’t need to work hard.

I love the Thomas Jefferson quote: “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

But sometimes working harder is not the right answer.

Sometimes we need to work smarter.

If we are not getting the results we want, we may need to change what we are doing.

For me to design my Ideal Business I had to make a massive shift and sell a business I’d built for a decade and approach things in a truly different way.

For Justin Yule, it was redesigning his business that allowed him to double revenues almost instantly.

For BJ & Kori Bliffert it was stripping away all the unnecessary that allowed them to see a 40% jump in just 10 weeks.

I could go on and on…but you get the picture.

You can’t do what you’ve always done…even if you work a little harder doing it…and expect massively better results.

Not everything can be fixed with a hammer, no matter how hard you swing. Sometimes you need a different tool.

But here’s the good news…

…instead of settling for small increases in your revenue, personal income or freedom…you can see massive leaps by approaching things in a different, smarter way.

The only real question is this:

Are you willing to change your actions and your approach enough to change your results?

Written by patrigsby
Father. Husband. Entrepreneur. Coach. Author.