This is the third post in our 9-part series about what lessons Looney Toons can teach you to lead a happier, more fulfilled life. View the introductory post- and first lesson- post here.

Rule #3:

The coyote could stop any time – if here were not a fanatic. (Repeat: “A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim.” George Santayana)

Persistence towards a goal is useful. But only if you are using persistence intelligently.

Albert Einstein said something to the effect of: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”

Doing the same thing that doesn’t work over and over is a poor use of persistence. Using persistence while incorporating feedback and changing your actions as needed is a better use of persistence.

Here is a better use of persistence: Persistence + feedback = results.

Here is a 5 step formula which is useful to use to achieve any goal:

Step 1) Know your goal or outcome. Clearly define what it would look and feel like to have it.

Step 2) Take action in the direction of your goal

Step 3) Notice the results you are getting – are you getting closer or further from your goal?

Step 4) Take action again, using the feedback you learned in #3 to refine your actions more in the direction of your goal.

Step 5) Go back to step 3 and continue taking action and refining until you get your goal.