According to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
I often wonder, did it really have to take an “old school” genius to tell us if we continued to do the same thing over and over again, we would not get a different result? I mean, after the third or fourth try, I would like to think the average Joe would change something up. What do you think?
How does a person get caught up doing the same thing over and over and over AGAIN? With years of personal experience under my belt, I think we tend to blame everything and everyone around us before we blame ourselves. Ouch! I knowwww.
I am a creature of habit. I like to keep a schedule and do things in a particular way. Nothing wrong with that, right? Well, what I have learned over time, in order to see something significantly different in my life, I have to do something significantly different in my life. If I want to be more productive, happier and meaningful to others, I have to be willing to do something outside of my comfort zone.
Let me share this, at the beginning of the year, I finally got to a point in my life where I was comfortable. Life was moving along and things were settling down. My routine was tight and everything around me was becoming normal. Well, if you know me, I am not one to sit comfortably, be normal and watch the paint dry on the wall. I was not happy and there was no one to blame but myself. I wanted good things to happen. I wanted life to happen. Going to work and coming home and doing it all over again the next day was killing me. I had to make a change and AT LEAST make it work no matter what my circumstances are.
Guess what, it started with ONE sticky note that I posted on my front door. All it said was “Do ONE thing this week that scares you.” That one crumbly-sticky note got me to do more than one thing, I did all of the following and it worked! It’s still working.
SELF-EVALUATION. I started with me. Part of doing the same thing and getting the same result was because I was the same person. No matter what I was doing in life, I kept attracting the same people, falling into the same situations and feeling the same way at the end of the day. Common denominator? Me! I swallowed my pride and started to break my life, who I was and start to build who I wanted to be.
CANCEL THE ROUTINE. Instead of going to work and coming home 5 days a week, I started to find things to do before, during and after a long work day. Instead of working through lunch, I would go on a lunch adventure, meet up with friends after work or take a nice long bike ride along the coast.
VOLUNTEER AND GET SOCIAL. I wanted to meet new people who were a little nuts like me when it came to sports and running, so I decided to volunteer at different sporting events. It became great way for me to build a brand new network of friends.
CLEAN UP. Creating a different result takes more than switching up a schedule. Cleaning up toxins in your life is a game changer. Toxins can be mental set backs, unhealthy people or things that compromise your health. Seeking professional help or a support group to help get rid of toxins is a great way to get started.
FIND A PARTNER. I found someone who also needed to move forward and make things happen in their life. Our goals are slightly different but we both want to move forward. That’s all the motivation we both needed, so now we are accountability partners. Each week we send a “to do” list to each other. Sometimes it is 3 things and other times it’s like 15! But it pushed us to get things done and become “do-ers” and not “wishers”. We are making things HAPPEN!