10 Ways to Fight Stagnation and Change Trajectory

Persistence may be your problem.

Repeating the past won’t create a new future.

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Successful leaders tenaciously persist. However, clinging to failed strategies until your knuckles turn white won’t make them magically work. It isn’t noble; it’s dumb.

Repeating the past creates more of the past.

When persistence is dumb?

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” works when you know where you’re going. Yet, dogged determination is dumb without clearly defined direction.

Most need others to help them see their dumbness. Find smart people to talk with.

Keep on keeping on until you clearly identify new targets. Stopping without new direction may be catastrophic.

When it’s time to change trajectory?

  1. Know that stopping comes before starting. It’s frequently the hardest step.
  2. Nothing less than brutal honesty takes you there. People don’t like to admit to themselves that they aren’t getting where they want to go. Admit it!
  3. Tap into your frustrations rather than ignoring them. They may help you find new directions.
  4. Warning! Don’t go around the office whining about your frustrations.
  5. Don’t get stuck in “no.” It’s easy to list the things you don’t like.
  6. Intentionally translate negative frustrations into positive, “I want,” statements.
  7. Focus on what not who. It’s easy to blame others for your frustrations. Don’t.
  8. Don’t decide quickly. Withhold judgment. Explore options. Consider consequences.
  9. Tell someone your plans.
  10. Connect with leaders who have changed trajectory.

If the past is creating your desired trajectory, persist. If not, begin creating a new present that changes your future.

What can you add to the, “How to change trajectory,” list I suggested?

What are some of the dangers of changing trajectory?

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