Dissecting Thomas Jefferson’s Quote About Doing What We’ve Never Done

“To get what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson

As a general rule, we tend to develop both habits and rituals. Because life can become so demanding, we have a tendency to follow patterns that emerge over time. Initially, our habits may actually serve us well. But, they typically only change if we focus on changing them. When we are getting the exact results we are looking for, we are usually very accepting of whatever it is we are doing to attain the results we experience.

However, when situations change, we can find ourselves with a set of habits that may not be serving us as well as they once did. If we are striving to achieve or accomplish something we have never done before, we will most likely have to develop some new skills or methods to achieve the results we desire.

If we have allowed ourselves to either become ingrained in our methods, or have closed our minds to other possibilities, it can be very difficult to change. We must make a conscious decision to do the things we have never done, to get the things we have never had. This one decision, choosing to begin, becomes the catalyst for change. When we commit, we make a promise to ourselves, this allows us to grow…

First, we must believe that change is possible for us. Second, we must decide what it is we want and then be willing to do whatever is required to achieve our desired outcome. Third, we must decide what the first next step is in the process. There are almost always a multitude of steps, but there is always just one next step, we must commit to taking action on that step and then do it. The process continues and repeats itself until we have acquired the new skill or attained the new result we are striving toward. Before we realize it, we have both done what we needed to do, and achieved what we previously had not.

Author: Bobby Kountz

Bobby Kountz is a former Oncology Nurse, a seasoned Oncology Sales Professional, and Personal Development Enthusiast. He is also an Inspirational Writer, Professional Speaker, Personal Development and Career Transition Coach, Dedicated Community Volunteer, Social Equality Activist, Mental Health Activist, and Loving Father and Husband.