When Over and Over Again…Isn’t Insane
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Apocryphally credited to Albert Einstein, it warns us of the danger of continuing to do the familiar rather than trying what might be more effective. After all, change can be uncomfortable.
At the same time, doing the same thing over and over again is…a GOOD THING…when what you are doing is effective.
This is one reason why seeking out and following a successful system can be so beneficial. I define a system as:
“The process of predictably achieving a goal based on
a logical and specific set of how-to principles.”
Good systems actually help us to take the correct actions and keep doing the same things for similar, positive results.
This is not insanity. It’s good life practice, it’s good business. Of course, this does not preclude experimenting, testing, tracking, measuring, etc.
The question then, might be: “is doing the same thing over and over again getting you the results you want?” If so, stick with it. If not, change. Find a way to do things correctly and then take the appropriate action and do them.
My business partner, Kathy Zader, often asks: “Whatcha doin’?”
Wisdom is asking ourselves that question on a constant basis. Our honest answers will tell us if we’re headed toward insanity…or great accomplishment.