Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Repetition

As a stand up comedian, I often do the same jokes at different clubs quite often. This is intentional. The reason why I do this is because the more often you do the same thing over and over again, the more comfortable you will feel, and the better you will get.

If you ever had a phone sales job, they usually give you a script to follow. They do this for the same reason. Once you repeat something over and over again, you don't have to think about it, and it becomes natural.

Of course, repeating something over and over again can be detrimental as well. Just ask anyone who drives home drunk regularly from the bars. Lots of people who do this end up with expensive DUIs.

I currently struggle with job interviews. Because it is not something I do every day, I am often unprepared to give good responses on the fly. From now on, I am going to prepare some good responses in advance, and practice them until I have committed them to memory and feel comfortable delivering them. If you are struggling with job interviews, try this strategy yourself.

Of course, I do not plan on relying on having a day job too much longer. I believe that I can eventually get paid a lot more and enjoy myself more if I were self-employed versus working at a stupid job. Therefore, I am committing myself to finding ways of providing value to others on my own. I have a four day weekend this weekend, so I am going to spend a lot of it experimenting, writing, and breaking my usual routines. Try doing something outside of your comfort zone yourself and see where it takes you.

As humans, we fall into routines quite easily. Look at what you do on evenings and weekends when you are not working. For example, if you exercise, write, or do some kind of performing, you are on track to having a better future. If you spend the majority of your spare time watching TV, playing online games, or getting wasted, your future will not improve.

If you are unhappy with your job or your current life situation, quit complaining about it. Instead, find small ways to change your daily routine that will help you. You may not be able change anything overnight, however the small changes that you make now will benefit you in the long run.

The best way to improve your future is to take action. Do it NOW!

John Griggs

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