If It Ain’t Broke, Break It

If something only seems to be working, maybe it’s time to take it apart.

If a project you’re working on is plodding along, maybe it’s time to put it out of its current misery and rework it.

We can get stuck in the status quo to the point where we are blinded to the possibilities. Maybe you’re writing a book and it’s time to turn it on its head, rewrite it from scratch, or break it in half and tell the story in a fresh way. Maybe you’ve been mulling a business idea for years but there are a few key things stopping you from moving forward – it’s probably time to smash that model and start doing something you can do, right now.

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You know how you go into a store and some of them have signs, “You break it, you bought it”? There is an important truth hidden here: if you break something, it becomes yours. If you tear an idea apart, you now own the pieces.

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Stephen Furtick, in a recent video, called for an end to hating and challenged people to take on a mindset of honor. “Stop criticizing and start creating,” he implored.

Stop critiquing your own ideas ad infinitum; start breaking them open and re-creating them.

Jesus had a habit of saying things like, “Listen! The old saying was this, but the new saying is better.” I’m no Jesus, but that’s a good formula for bringing about change, so today I’m challenging you:

“The old saying was, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ The new saying is, ‘If it ain’t broke, break it.'”

Now go break something.

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Is there anything you’ve worked on in the past that had to be broken before you could move forward? Anything you’re working on now that you have a feeling needs to be taken apart?

I saw this saying on someone’s Facebook page. When I googled it, I learned that it’s the title to both a business book and a Meatloaf song. It just goes to show you…well, I’m not sure what that shows you, but I’m sure it shows you something.