Albert Einstein hit the nail right on the head when he shared his definition of insanity. I, for one, think it is, till this day, the best definition of insanity ever.
“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
About three weeks ago, I walked into the gym and found myself overwhelmed by the amount of people in the gym. After a few minutes it hit me; it’s January! Every year, in the month of January, a new swarm of people come into the gym with resolutions to become healthier, or shed a few pounds. The things is, by the end of the month, the gym is once again filled with only the regulars.
How is it that most people with resolutions for the new year give up on their resolutions, and go back to doing the same old thing every year? They go back to sitting on the same old couch, eating the same old food, drinking their same old beer.
That’s just one facet of life. We can’t forget about our relationships. Are we getting the same results in our relationships? I know from experience that I was arguing the same way for a long time, and though the arguments may have been about different issues, they always ended up the same; someone feeling angry and the other feeling unheard.
Then of course there is our career. Our we getting the same results there too? I was a teacher for over six years, and it amazed me to see how many teachers followed the same old lesson plans year after year, getting the same results; uninterested students. Quite sad, don’t you think?
The funny thing is we still continue to complain about our health, relationships, jobs and careers. Meanwhile, we are doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Hmmm.
In order to get different results, something has to be done differently. For things to be different, things have to be different. Right?
Let me just get right to the point here. The quickest way to change our external world is to change ourselves first. This means we have to start changing the way we think. We have to start changing the way we act. We have to start changing the things we say and the things we do.
Is it going to be uncomfortable? Damn straight it is! Remember if we want different results in our lives, we have to be willing to do something different. Something has to change. Period.
Where in your life might you be doing the same things over and over again? Where are signs of insanity showing up in your world?
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