Thinking for a Change #9

Barry Mitchell May 22, 2012 0

Thinking for a Change #9 Children\s Ministry Youth“Don’t expect a different result from the same action”

I’ve discovered ten phrases that can and will change our lives if we apply them.  The next few articles will continue to cover some of these truths and hopefully give you a reason to think for a change as well.

In previous issues we have covered 1. All success or failure in life is based on two things, the people you meet and the books you read.  2. Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.  3. It’s not how much you make it’s how much you keep. 4. There aren’t any rules for success that will work unless you do.  5. “I am 100% responsible.”  And now 6. Don’t expect a different result from the same action.  Here’s another way to say it from Catherine Devyre, writer.  “Remember that the six most expensive words in business are: ‘We’ve always done it that way.’”

I think of this truth in every aspect of my life.  In my exercise routine I have to constantly tell myself if I continue to eat that piece of cake at 11 pm I can’t expect to see a weight loss tomorrow morning.  If I continue to get poor results from advertising in this particular magazine I can’t expect the results to magically change with the next issue.  If I continue to avoid marketing my show I can’t expect people to just magically search for me and my talents.

Apply it to any area of your life that you’re not happy with at the moment.  Ask what actions you are taking that are giving you the poor or no results.  Kick yourself in the butt and say, “Am I really so stupid to think it’s going to get better if I keep doing it this way?”  Okay, maybe you shouldn’t try to kick yourself, it could cause extensive damage to your legs.  But you do need, or should I say, WE need to ask ourselves these questions when we get in a rut.  It’s really all about “change.”  Are you willing to accept that we all change and must change to adapt to the future?

It’s been said, “Change is inevitable except from a vending machine.”  I was talking with a friend that I had performed for at his company Christmas party several years ago.  He said his business had gone through lots of changes.  He makes keys for cars.  He has contracts with American companies as well as foreign makers.  However, he also deals with worldwide competition.  China and Japan are in the game and can produce a similar product much cheaper.  The only reason he can maintain his business is because China can’t compete with his quality so some companies, like Volkswagon, will only use his quality.  In our conversation we discussed how ALL businesses have to change to survive.  And so it is with us as performers.  Don’t expect new results from your old actions.  Here are some different quotes that have a similar message.  Maybe something here will be the spark that lights a fire in you to Think for a Change.

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.

Pat Riley, Basketball coach

It is foolish to wait for your ship to come in unless you have sent one out.

Alfred A. Montapert, Motivational writer

Don’t get complacent. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and set higher standards of achievement for yourself. Once you’ve achieved a standard of excellence, never let it rest–push yourself even higher.

Dave Anderson, Restaurateur

If you don’t have a vision for the future, then your future is threatened to be a repeat of the past.

A. R. Bernard, Clergyman

There is no security in life, only opportunity.

Mark Twain, American Humorist

If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view.


Do anything better than it was ever done before and you’ll get rich.

Walt Disney, Everybody knows who he is

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Norman Vincent Peale, Motivational writer

Things do not change; we do.

Henry David Thoreau, Writer

And finally a note about these articles.  I fully admit that these are my opinions and I enjoy sharing them.  But I want you to have the option to share too.  If you agree write me, if you don’t agree, write me, if you think I should give my magazine space to someone else, write me.  Let me know if these ramblings are helpful or otherwise.  I look forward to hearing from you.



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