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Stop Trying Harder

Updated: Jan 5, 2019

I love this quote from Adam Robinson from the Tim Ferris podcast: “If you’re not getting the results you want, change what you’re doing.”

It sounds obvious, but so often we double-down on what we already are doing and just try harder. Adam suggests if something isn't working, to instead try the opposite.

My back has been bothering me for a year. I went to months of chiropractor appointments, changed up my workouts, and stretched daily. My back still hurt.

Then I had an epiphany—my back didn't hurt after a business trip. Maybe it wasn't about 'doing' more to help it, but finding an 'easy' solution. I looked at my bed. Sure enough, the kids broke two slats from jumping on it, leading to a saggy mattress.

We bought a new mattress and I woke up without back pain for the first time in a year.

Where in your life are you continually struggling? What if you tried the opposite to fix it? I mean, your current method isn't working. How could it hurt?


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