If you want things to change, you are going to have to change the way you do things. Have you ever heard the Albert Einstein quote “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”? I’ve never heard a truer statement. However, as with many seemingly obvious observations, it’s one of the most common mistakes people make.
Now don’t get me wrong, some things require discipline and more upfront effort for the long-term payout and I think in part this is where some people veer off course. The not knowing when enough is enough to be able to admit that something is not working. I think an analogy might help.
Let’s say you’re going to hang new pictures on your wall but the wall already has screw holes in them from where previous pictures were hanging. You go into the garage and see you have a small round screw, a medium round screw, and a square peg. So, you grab the two screws, the square peg, a hammer, and a screwdriver. You go to the first hole and decide the small screw looks like it will be the right fit, so you screw it in and it goes in easily.
We should all know by now if it seems too good to be true it usually is. You hang the picture from the screw and start to walk away just as the picture frame falls to the floor and the glass shatters. Would you go down the rest of the line of pictures trying the same size screw in the same size hole? Of course not, you would make a change!
Let’s say that instead for some insane reason you think that the square peg in a round hole thing will work and you chose the square peg and hammer to hang your picture. You go to the first hole and the square peg is visibly bigger than the hole, but you take the hammer and start hammering away anyway. The peg doesn’t go smoothly into the wall but rather starts breaking away at the drywall. Again, would you continue on down the line of holes expecting a different outcome? Not unless you wanted a drywall project instead of a hanging project on your hands!
So, whether it is something that seems too easy from the get-go then eventually fails or something that takes more work AND never pans out, it is truly insane to think you can do the exact same thing over and over again and get a different outcome.
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