— Norman Vincent Peale
[Classic post from 11-5-13]
Albert Einstein said that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing(s) and expecting a different result.” That is so well said and so true, and yet many, if not most of us may not remember it enough.
I see a lot of businesses (including my own!), where we want something more–more sales, more income, whatever–and yet we are not willing to change what we think and thereby what we do in order to have what we want. Instead, we look for external things that may be hindering our progress. Some of them may be the weather, the economy, the holidays, tax time, too much rain, not enough rain, the city, county, state or the federal governments.
You name it, and we have something to blame on it, or as a result of it, or who is in charge, or who is not in charge, but should be. We can blame people equally with things, events, ideas, concepts, time, age, and more. It seems we can even blame ourselves, though more rarely, yet that is actually worse, or at least that’s how it feels.
Rainer Maria Rilke said, “Don’t be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen. Otherwise it will be too easy for you to look with blame. . . at your past, which naturally has a share with everything that now meets you.” And, let me follow that quote up with this one from Bashar: “You must own the choices you have already made before you can make new ones.”
There is no doubt at all that our thinking and our choices from the past have effect on our present, and allowing those to be and accepting responsibility for making them is the most powerful tool to the ability to change. As Madeleine Albright said, “What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.” We accept, allow, choose differently, and change is secured.
Next time you are wanting something different and you continue to think the same thoughts and do the same things that created where you are, remember Einstein and his magical phrase, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing(s) and expecting [or hoping for] a different result.”
Let’s Try Something Different!
Spread Some Joy Today–Love your choices. Love where you’ve been because it has led you to here. From here, you can go anywhere!