Doing The Same Things and Expecting Different Results?

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Albert Einstein declared that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Does this sound like something you have been doing?  Perhaps you are in a repetitive career path that always leads you to disappointment.  Perhaps you are looking for someone special yet not changing your dating methodology.  Perhaps you want to branch out and be more social but you never actually take the step to branch out.  If you are struggling with situations like these you could have a mild case of INSANITY.  Yup, you’re crazy.


Ok, maybe your not crazy but even worse, maybe you are comfortable.  You subconsciously feel comfortable about where you are, the friends you have, the money you make, the people you date, yet you are not getting the desired results.  My friend, this is when you know it’s time for a change in direction.

My version of insanity popped its ugly head recently.  I have this tendency to get really excited about something in my career, put my all into it, get bored, and then start something new.  This has been a pattern of mine for quite sometime.  I am starting to realize that my lack of ability to be single focused and dedicated hurts my chances for career and financial success.  

In addition to this I have also been in the same dating pattern for several years now.  I have been meeting women in the same places, approaching dates the same, yet am expecting different results.  It actually took someone looking in from the outside for me to realize this.

Look at the areas in your life; relationships, career, finances, physical, spiritual, and contribution.  Take an inventory on how you feel in these areas. Rate them from 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest and best feeling.

For the ones that are 6 and below take a look at your past patterns by writing them down like a timeline.  If you are experiencing the “roller coaster” affect, you are most likely in a negative pattern and are doing the same things over and over, and expecting different results.

Take the one or two that are the lowest ranked and work hardest on making changes for the positive in those areas.  For myself, mine are relationships and finances.  These are areas where I saw repetitive destructive behavior and I want to cure my insanity.

Revisit your trouble areas weekly by keeping a journal.  If you are continuing with the same patters, STOP and make a change.  That first time you make a lasting and impactful change, you will feel it and you will know you are moving in the right direction.








Cort Davies
Cort Davies
Cort believes that startups should get powerful, effective marketing advice along with practical and positive soft skills to give them the best chance to succeed.

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