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How can we expect a harvest of thought who have not had a seedtime of character?
-- Henry David Thoreau
 

 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Adjust accordingly

If what you’re doing is not working, adjust. Rather than giving up on the effort, give the effort the benefit of your experience and informed consideration.

Every time you fail to get the result you want, you succeed in learning more about what doesn’t work. Put that knowledge to good use, and make some adjustments.

Even when you do get the desired result, you’ve likely learned how you could do things even better. Whether you’ve succeeded or failed, make the adjustments that will make you more effective next time.

Conditions regularly change, and you have the opportunity to change with them, or even ahead of them. By adjusting your efforts, you can keep creating new, meaningful value.

The animals, plants, organizations, businesses and individuals who succeed in the long term are the ones who adapt and adjust. Be aware of your level of effectiveness, be aware of your environment, be aware of what changes and what doesn’t, and adjust accordingly.

Even the smallest adjustment can sometimes make the difference between success and failure. Make the attempt, learn the lessons, observe the territory, and adjust your way to success.

— Ralph Marston

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