In a quiet motel room, there is a fly burning out its energies in a futile attempt to fly through the glass of the windowpane. The whining wings tell the poignant story of the fly’s strategy: Try harder.
But it’s not working. The frenzied effort offers no hope for survival. The struggle is actually part of the trap. It is impossible for the fly to try hard enough to succeed at breaking through the glass. Nevertheless, it has staked its life on reaching its goal through raw effort and determination.
Across the room, ten steps away, the door is open. Ten seconds of flying time and this fly could reach the outside world it seeks. With only a fraction of effort now being wasted, it could be free of this self-imposed trap. The breakthrough possibility is there. It would be so easy.
Why doesn’t the fly try another approach, something dramatically different? How did it get so locked in on the idea that this particular route and determined effort offer the most promise for success? Why did it continue until death to seek a breakthrough with more of the same?
Trying harder isn’t necessary the solution to achieving more. It may not offer any real promise for getting what you want out of life. Sometimes, in fact, it’s a big part of the problem. If you stake your hopes for a breakthrough on trying harder than ever, you may kill your chances for success.