“Play a new game, not the old game faster.” -Seth Godin
Godin went on to say, “A car is not merely a faster horse. And email is not a faster fax. And online project management is not a bigger whiteboard. And Facebook is not an electronic rolodex.”
How often do you find yourself in a jam (at work, at home, at church…) and the conversation automatically defaults to what worked “last time?” You know how it goes…things feel jammed up, so we start remembering the victories of months or years ago and we naturally begin trying to recreate our past success. The [faulty] logic is that if we can simply recapture the magic from that moment, we can overcome any hurdles we face now. But the reality is, it just doesn’t work that way. If something worked in 1979 or 1999 or even just 2 months ago, it’s an awesome memory! It’s just not a plan for next weekend.
If you want to achieve success in a culture that didn’t even exist a decade ago, it’s time to try something brand new. Stop doing things because you’ve always done them and start doing things because they just might work better in a new and changing culture.
It’s not popular to say, but rather than pour energy into a faster and flashier version of a tired plan, it’s time to invent something never seen before. Instead of a better and trendier version of what hasn’t been working, it’s time to take a risk and pioneer some new paths. Innovate new systems to replace the old infrastructure and build a legacy of living on the cutting edge of risk and reward.
Whether you’re leading at work, at home, at church or somewhere else, stop trying to run faster on the same squeaky, aging hamster wheel you’ve always been on and, instead, dream of what could be.
As G.K. Chesterton once said, “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” That’s not an excuse for poor efforts, it’s a call to action. Stop waiting for someone else to come along and take the action that you can plainly see is needed. Step to the plate, swing for the fences and be part of the solution.