Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Narcotics Anonymous*
The if-something-sucks-about-your-life-then-change-it part of me really loves that quote. It is the professional part of me, the Life Coach, that gets almost giddy every time I stumble upon it (or have good cause to use it with a client). Thirteen perfectly simple words, evidence that our problems are not so savvy and overwhelming that they can’t be changed.
When something isn’t working, stop doing it. Simple enough, right? Article finished.
If I ever do that to you—publish something as the all-knowing, perfect life having professional… without including the real me side of the story—please call 911 immediately and tell them to get an ambulance to my house. If I haven’t taken a bump to the head or something equally disorienting, then I will have lost an epic battle with my ego and you will need to stop me. Please, spare no expense in silencing me until I’ve come back to my senses.
Yes, the Life Coach in me knows things—powerful information, techniques, and perspectives—that make me good at my job. But, I’m also profoundly human and just like my clients… I’ve got work to do. At this very moment, my insanity short list has a couple of really solid entries that I can see are not getting me the results I desire out of my life.
When the old way of being isn’t working, we need a new way to be. We have one way of doing things—like when there is pain or discomfort, we sometimes turn away from it and find a distraction—and those choices produce a very specific type of result. The weight stays, addictions intensify, relationships deteriorate, and goals remain unrealized.