Insanity is defined, originally by AA, as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Well, if that’s the definition, then most of us are insane. Because that’s what we do: the same thing over and over expecting – praying for – different results. Falling in love with the same guy and expecting things will be different this time. Eating the same junk and expecting to lose 20 pounds. Having the same daily routine and expecting that life is suddenly going to get better.
When we realize this – and most of us eventually do – we know we need to change. But it’s SO HARD!, we say. I don’t have the time. I’ve never done that before. My current boyfriend won’t like it.
All of these are excuses: Do I really have time to keep screwing up? Does doing something I’ve done before that doesn’t work trump trying something I’ve never done before that might work? Does the guy who’s just like the previous one that didn’t work out have that much say?
Whatever excuse we come up with can very easily be countered. Why? Because it isn’t what’s really going on. If you dig a little, you can get to the real reason, which is probably something like “I’m scared” or “I don’t believe this is good for me”.
What change leaders have discovered is that anyone can change if they understand what’s going on, if they can make the change manageable, and if they believe it’s going to make a real difference.
The truth is that when we know that a change is real and good, and that we have a say in it, change happens.
Drawing on Humor for Change
Quote of the Week
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
― Mahatma Gandhi
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