“When you’re in a hole, stop digging.” – Denis Healy

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Denis Healy was a well respected member of British parliament for 40 years (from the 50s to 90s) and had the term “law of holes” coined after today’s quote.

In a nutshell, what this adage means is when you keep digging your hole deeper it’s harder to get out. In other words, if what you are trying isn’t working, then you need to take a different approach to the problem. If you keep repeating what you are doing pand that produces an outcome you don’t desire, it will only make it harder to achieve your goals.

My favorite way of putting this is, “Make as many mistakes as you want, just never make the same mistake twice.”

What do you do when you feel like you can’t get off the roller coaster?

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Action Step:

If what you are doing produces the same, undesirable outcome, it’s time to look at the solution (or the problem) from a different vantage point and try something altogether new. Continuing to dig in the same hole only makes the hole deeper.



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