We’ve been talking a little about the Book, called you2 by Price Pritchett. This tiny book contains 18 principles that can help you have a quantum leap your life.
Today I want to talk about his principle titled Quit Trying Harder.
You may have heard of a story about a man who goes to Chicago on a business trip. He’s a salesman and it is the end of the quarter. His quarter’s sales are very low, so he sees this business trip as an opportunity to make a huge sale that will completely take him over his goal and secure his job for another quarter. So there’s so much on the line and he’s really desperate to have this result. So he goes to Chicago.
But the plane is late landing, and he’s worried that he won’t get to his appointment on time. He rushes off the plane, gets to the rental car agency, hurries and fills out the paperwork, gets the keys and urgently asks the clerk for a map. “Hurry, I’m late!” He’s so frantic that he gets the map and runs out, gets in the car and takes off.
So he’s driving and trying to find his way, but nothing seems to be matching up. He can’t find the freeway, and he’s feeling more and more lost.
So he starts thinking, “I’ve got to try harder here!” “I’ve got to be more persistent!” “I’ve got to be more focused!” He’s trying everything he knows how to do, and he’s just not finding his way. What he doesn’t know is that in his frantic rush, he transmitted that franticness to the agent standing behind the counter, and in that urgent frantic situation, the agent accidentally grabbed the map for Detroit and handed that to the salesman.
So the sales man is rushing in Chicago trying to find his way in Chicago with a map of Detroit. Trying harder is never going to take him there. Being more persistent is not going to help, and even taking deep breaths is not going to do it. The only thing that will do any good is if at some point he finally stops, looks at the map and realizes that he is in Chicago, but the map is of Detroit.
Chicago is just a symbol for the life you would love to live. It’s the answers to your concerns. It’s the freedom you long for. It’s the flow that produces time and money freedom – the love of your life. It’s your ability to live at the frequency of you2, but it will not happen by trying harder.
Price Pritchett, in his book says this about trying harder:
“Quantum leaps cannot be achieved through incremental steps or through more of the same.
You’ve got to shift gears. You have to follow new patterns of thought and action. The rules of what works and what doesn’t always change when you are trying to make a move from normal performance to you2.
Stop and think about it. Here’s the way it goes – “more of the same” usually just gives you more of the same.
Of course, if that’s mainly what you’re after, fine. Try a little harder and get a little bigger payoff. Try a lot harder and you can expect a lot better results.
Well, possibly. But it’s definitely not a sure thing.
Sooner or later you’re going to reach the point where you can’t try any harder. It may be that your sprit flags, or that your physical and mental resources are stretched to the limit. And often, well before you come to that set of circumstances, you reach the point of diminishing return – trying harder ad harder starts producing less and less. Sometimes, in fact, intensifying your efforts produces nothing except bigger problems.
The problem is that the wavelength that you’re trying harder on is Detroit, not Chicago.
Price Pritchett talks about a fly burning out the last of its short life’s energies in a futile attempt to fly through the glass of the windowpane. He keeps trying harder, but it’s not working.
Ironically, the struggle is part of the trap. It is impossible for the fly to try hard enough to succeed at breaking through the glass. Nevertheless, this little insect has staked its life on reaching its goal through raw effort and determination.
Across the room, ten steps away, the door is open. Ten seconds of flying time and this small creature could reach the outside world it seeks. With only a fraction of the effort now being wasted, it could be free of this self-imposed trap.
The thinking that says, “I need to go through the window” won’t take him out the door. He has to open up to new options, new considerations.
So Pritchett says these are fundamental things that can absolutely open you to you2. Ordinarily you’ll find that trying harder produces only interim incremental gains, not quantum leaps.
So if you want to make a quantum leap, quit thinking about trying harder. More effort is not your answer. But understanding that having a very clear picture of the life you would love to live and then imagining the person who is living that life. What does that person think? What does that person do? What is the conversation that person is having?
Put on in your imaginable realm as best you can, being the person who is living the life you imagine, and put it on a few times a day and begin to make friends with and get to know that frequency. It’s a new map for a new territory called your life.
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By Lynn Huber
p.s. “More of the same” usually just gives you more of the same.
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