Why try and fix anything in your life that doesn’t need fixing, it simply doesn’t make sense – agree? Isn’t there enough to do without worrying about things that aren’t broken? I would imagine at this point you agree with the age old phrase – If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It?

Stagnation and complacency are killing excellence as more and more leaders settle for mediocrity! Why wait for anything to be broken before trying to improve it? You improve it by challenging the status-quo. The key is to never settle! Continuous improvement is the name of the game and that means leaving your comfort zone!

This is the seventh and final installment of the seven part series in which I’ve addressed each of the negative aspects which lead down the path of the ROUTINE. The seventh step to breaking out of your ROUTINE is to not wait for things to break before you fix them. Stay on the edge, be relevant and you’ll stay in the lead.

R >> Rundown
O >> Out of sorts
U >> Usual suspects
T >> Timid to change
I >> Incapable of imagining
N >> Nothing seems exciting
E >> Everything is the same

If It Ain’t Broke, Break It!

Step 1: Recognition: Knowing you can always do better is the first sign of a brink thinker. You should never settle quickly, it’s important to always want more. The key is to recognize that you’re going to have to revisit and reposition areas in your life that may not be obvious on the surface. The need for improvement is a self-reflection of who you are and what you stand for and requires serious introspection.

Step 2: Realization: If you are to get beyond a ‘don’t fix it’ mentality, then realize that your dreams and goals are obtainable. You must be willing to deconstruct aspects of your life that don’t necessarily appear to be broken. This is the most difficult part of the process to breaking out of your routine. Look at it this way, if you examine and rearrange the areas in your life that are on auto-pilot chances are you’ll create additional vertical opportunities and be able to refocus your energy on the important things.

Step 3: Advancement: The question to ask yourself is ‘how can I advance my dreams forward?’ A good idea will remain only a good idea unless you can advance it to a great idea! Moving your agenda of dreams forward is a sign of greatness. Question everything around you, both good and bad. Look at the alternatives, this is not the time to play follow the leader, it’s the time for leaders to expand their horizons.

Step 4: Understanding: You’ll want to know all the steps involved. What will it take to get to the finish line? List out all the milestones in an activity log. There can always be change along the journey, but it’s important to thoroughly comprehend the project parameters and end goal. Define the best and worst case scenarios as well as the probable outcome and prepare for each.

Step 5: Execution: The fulfillment of the action steps and execution of the details are essential to a positive outcome. The key to great execution is always found in the details. An attention to detail is what will separate you from all the others who are also after the pot of gold at the end of the project. Detail execution will insure that your name rises to the top of any list.

Step 6: Bravery: Timidness never won anyone the sale. The determination to prevail through difficult times is the clear sign of a winner. Never giving up even though the odds are against you is a strength of the mighty few. Bravery is often misdiagnosed as cockiness – don’t be swayed, confidence comes from within – it’s that inner source of strength that you pull from that will see you through. If you are to get from a ‘don’t fix it’ attitude to a ‘break it’ mentality then you must overcome the fear of failure.

Step 7: Revisit: Never be afraid to revisit the project parameters, the action steps, or the milestones. Practice makes perfect, if you’re willing to retrace your steps. If your goal is to make your surroundings better, more efficient, less painful, or more prosperous then reevaluate the current state of affairs and consider alternatives – you’ll want to be as flexible as you can be.

Doing what you need to do to make a living is necessary, doing what you want to do to accomplish your dreams is visionary. The key is to determine how to make a living doing what you`love. This is determined by fulfilling a need – you connect that with your dream and you’ll have a winner.

A mind open to the unfamiliar, a desire for an improved lifestyle, and an environment which encourages risk taking are all keys to becoming a Brink Thinker! Get started today with an entirely new ROUTINE. If It Ain’t Broke, Break It!