Think Outside Of The Box

Last Update: March 02, 2019

I saw a very interesting social media post from someone I know. The post was basically saying people have a tendency to complain because of situations they find themselves in. However, their frustration is a result of doing the same things over and over again, but expecting different results.

Do you know someone like that? Could that someone even be YOU?

It takes a mature person to not only admit that fact, but to take action to do something about it. Sometimes it's necessary to assess where you are in your life, so you can conquer the challenges and move ahead.

When these types of conversations come up, I often think about a training I had gone to several years ago with a very dynamic speaker. She started out by saying this:

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got. If you want something you've never had, you must do something you've never done. If you always think like you've always thought, you'll always get what you've always got." (Dr. Kim)

What she said was a combination of several sayings from a variety of people, but when you think about it, it all makes perfect sense.

If you keep doing exactly what you've always done, of course your results are going to be the same. Why would it be any different? In order to get the things you want in life, you have to be willing to go and grab it. And sometimes that is just so uncomfortable. It is human nature to not want to step outside your comfort zone. I get it. I've been there as well. Who wants to be uncomfortable, right? But you must think differently, to get different results. Period.

So, if you are at this point with your on-line business, what can you do about it? You need to pause, think and assess.


Sometimes we can get so caught up with wanting and needing to get good content out there, that we don't pause long enough to get a real feel for where we are in our business. We want to make that first sale, get ranked in Google, post several times per week, keep up with all the necessary components here in WA including emails, blogging, helping in live chat, etc. etc. etc. PAUSE.

Sometimes it's just too much and it can get overwhelming. PAUSE. Take a deep breath. Have you thought about maybe you're biting off more than you can chew in this space? Consider these steps:

1. Write down your short term and long term goals. Don't only write the goal itself, but also three steps you need to take to reach that specific goal.

If you don't wish to write goals, build a vision board.

2. Post your goals or vision board in a place where you can see it every day.

3. Check your goals to see where you are on a weekly basis.

4. If your goals are too lofty, adjust accordingly. (Yes, it's okay to adjust your goals. Trust me.) It doesn't mean you've failed, it means you need to be more realistic...and that's okay.

By taking these steps, you may get a true feeling of not only where you are currently, but where you need to go and how to get there.

Truly think about where you are in your business and where you see yourself in a few months and years from now. Are you headed in the right direction?

In addition, ask yourself:

1. Are you giving your site visitors what they want and need?

2. Are you engaging in your content and your replies to comments?

3. If / when you get stuck, do you ask for help?

4. If you need help, where do you go? Who do you ask? What resources do you use?

Some people don't like to ask for help when they need it because of a variety of reasons. If you don't use your resources available to you - especially in a community like WA has to offer - you are truly doing yourself (and your site visitors and customers) a disservice. Think about it.

Assess your situation and be ready to adjust if you need to. If you are heading in a direction that looks like a dead end, don't give up. You may need to PIVOT. Sometimes businesses must do that in order to succeed. There is nothing wrong with pivoting to get going in the direction that is going to help your site visitors and customers. You have to find out what they want and need so that you can provide it. That's the whole point of all of this - right?

In order to pivot, it may mean doing a little thinking outside the box. Yes, and you may be uncomfortable doing it. It's hard to sometimes think outside the box. We can all, from time to time, get stuck in a rut - because it's so comfortable. But is it the best thing for us to do?


The bottom line is if you want to change something, you - and only you - can make that happen.

Ask yourself: Are you doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results? And if you are, what are you going to do to change it?

I hope you have an awesome and productive weekend.

~ Yvette ~

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nurselizstar Premium
Excellent post Yvette and timely...filled with LOTS of useful information! Thank you!
Yay Us!! 🌟
YvetteC2 Premium
Thanks so much, Liz*. So glad you stopped by and enjoyed the post. xo
Selenityjade Premium
I really like this post.

I shared it on FB that's how much. Thank you!
YvetteC2 Premium
Oh, Rochelle, you are the SWEETEST! You just truly made my day! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and I hope your readers do, too. Have an awesome weekend.
Selenityjade Premium
Yeah, I posted it to my personal Facebook account, not my business page, because while it's about online business I think a few personal friends can benefit from the 'if you've always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got' in their personal lives. I thought of two immediately actually. It's so freaking true and you explained it so well!

Plus more exposure that my dinky business page following. ;)
YvetteC2 Premium
Well, that's what it's all about - helping others! I can think of a few people that is pretty appropriate for myself. Thanks, again, for doing that. You're awesome!
Selenityjade Premium
Aw, thank you!
NeilBrown Premium
Thanks for the post and the wealth of knowledge that you have passed along.
This is a place that I struggle quite often, I need to follow by your words of wisdom and maybe I can get some things straightened out, thanks so much.
YvetteC2 Premium
Hello, Neil. Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words. I hope what I've written has helped you get straightened out. Remember - don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Have an awesome weekend.
MElumir Premium
I learn a lot of lessons in this post. its like a sin? even though we already know but we keep on making and doing it?

lets make thing for a better change, so that we can not get the same result.
YvetteC2 Premium
Thank you, Merven, for stopping by. I see where you're going with your analogy...yes. Change is definitely needed if you want different results, indeed. Wishing you all the best.
Krana1 Premium
Very nice statement has a lot of positivity and encouragement to pursue further.
Thanks wishing you all the best.
YvetteC2 Premium
Thank you for the kind words, Kalpesh. Wishing you all the best.