I have heard on definition of insanity as:
Doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result.
I would also describe this phenomenon as false hope, wishful thinking, pipe dreams etc.
Sometimes we get stuck in a way of thinking that keeps us where we are when we want to moving somewhere else the whole time.
This dawned on me the other day at the grocery store. I have been struggling with a wrist injury that doesn’t seem to want to heal all the way. It has been 10 months and although I have gone to the doctor and modified my movements I am stuck at about 60% better. I am grateful for the 60%, don’t get me wrong, but I have stalled out and keep wishing and hoping for something to change.
The thing is… deep down I know what I need to do. I need to completely rest, not just modify so it doesn’t hurt, and eliminate foods from my diet that might be adding to inflammation (dairy).
I have known this for a while, so why do I keep fighting it and thinking something will change anyway?
Fear maybe? Fear that my injury won’t get better? Fear that I can’t stick with the diet and workout changes I need to make?
Yeah I think that’s it.
Then I started thinking about how this applies to everything!!
Our money situation won’t change if we don’t. Our career situation won’t change if we don’t. Our health won’t change if we don’t. Our relationships won’t change if we don’t.
When it comes down to it, we must change if we want our lives to change. There is no way around it. No amount of blaming our situation on someone else that will change it.
I MUST CHANGE.
And deep down I know what I need to change. I didn’t need someone else to tell me, although sometimes it isn’t a bad thing if someone does. I know in my heart what my life needs to be better.
Do you need to change? Have you been acting insane?
Do you need to stop spending money you don’t have?
Do you need to be nicer to your spouse and change your behavior rather then trying to change them?
Do you need to stop talking about your career goals and actually do them?
Do you need to make a commitment to your health and stick with it?
If you are like me and need to change something, stop acting insane. In the words of Nike:
Just Do It