“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
You have probably heard this quote before. It’s one of those quotes that gets thrown around often. Most of the time the people who quote it are the worse offenders of “doing the same thing over and over again.”
But then again, who hasn’t been an offender of “doing the same things over and over again?” It’s part of life. It’s called getting in a rut, and we’ve all been there before. You may even be in a rut right now.
How does one get out of the rut?
First you have to ask what results you want.
“People do it everyday, they talk to themselves… they see themselves as they’d like to be, they don’t have the courage you have, to just run with it.” – Tyler Durden, Fight Club
We all have idealized selves, a person in our mind’s eye that we like to become. To some this image is very clear. To others this image may be a faint blur. Chances are if your reading this then you probably have some idea what that idealized self looks like.
The next question to ask yourself is – what action can I take to become that idealized self?
Examine your daily routine. Is that routine pushing you towards or moving you further away from that idealize self? This routine may be breed comfort, but it won’t breed happiness. But you already know this.
Be more mindful how you spend your time. The actions you take. Keep a journal if you have to. We are creatures of habit, it’s our default. The question is are you practicing the right habits?