How do you determine when it’s time to take a different direction on something that’s not working?

Carrie Singer BW

If you’re constantly avoiding working on a certain project or your passion and patience for the topic are gone, it’s best to use your time and talents elsewhere. Delegate if you can, and re-evaluate the status every 30 days until you have enough data to make an informed decision.

— Carrie Singer, Psy.D., CEO of Quince Orchard Psychotherapy

Oren BW 2

Get clear on what’s not working. Is it the wrong strategy or just poor execution? More often than not, it’s the latter. So, it’s not a matter of changing course—it’s about figuring out what’s holding you back from executing on your vision.

— Oren Zaslansky, CEO of Flock Freight

Colleen BW

I think the biggest hurdle some of us have to get over is our belief that there is only one way to solve a problem. Progress and innovation are very seldom linear paths. Once I am able to realize that changing direction does not mean that I am changing the goal, but just taking a different strategy or approach to get there, I find it much easier to shift.

— Colleen Lambros, CMO at Parcel Pending

Carisa Miklusak Headshot1 BW

Data doesn’t lie. It’s hard sometimes when you believe in something, and have a track record of success, to realize that it’s time to try something different. If your gut is telling you that you should be considering moving in a different direction, take a hard look at your bottom line results and data. What does it tell you? Are you improving? Or, despite effort, are results stagnant? Your answer lies here.

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—Carisa Miklusak, CEO of tilr

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of SUCCESS magazine.Photo by turgaygundogdu / Shutterstock

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