Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year, Old Insanity

It's January 1, 2011.

Time to close the books on last year and start fresh for the coming year.

But here's the crux of the situation... everyone talks about making resolutions and usually by February they are depressed because they have not followed through on any of them.

They haven't followed through - quite simply - because they are INSANE! To borrow a line from the movie The Sixth Sense... "I see insane people. They are everywhere, walking around, but they just don't know they are insane."

How do I know they are insane? It's simple. Insanity can be defined as: doing the same things over and over, while expecting different results.

You know the first step is admitting you have a problem.

So if someone asks you why you didn't stop smoking like you had "resolved" to do, just tell them that you are insane.

But there's good news, every problem in the world can be fixed (it may take time or money, but it can be fixed). And that includes this type of insanity. Here are 3 simple steps you can take:
  1. You have to take some time and determine what it is that you want that you don't have.
  2. Then you need to take some time to determine what it is that you are doing now that is not getting you what you want.
  3. Finally, you need to take some time to send me some money for a self-help book that I've written... (just kidding). But you do need to take some time to find out what actions you need to change in order to get what it is you want.
Most of the issues that you are dealing with can be overcome by changing the way you think.

The English novelist Charles Reade put it this way:
We sow a thought, we reap an act.
We sow an act, we reap a habit.
We sow a habit, we reap a character.
We sow a character, we reap a destiny.
A good friend of mine tells it this way...
Once upon a time there was a man who wanted to be on the other side of the wall that was in front of him. He tried to climb over it, but it was too high. He thought about going under it, but didn't have a shovel.
He decided that he was going to bust through it, so he took a few steps back and ran at the wall shoulder first. The wall didn't move but he was determined. He kept trying to break down the wall until he was so tired that the only thing he could do was pound on it with his fists and bang on it with his head.
A short time later, the man's friend comes along and asks what he's doing. He tells his friend about his struggle and how badly he wants to be on the other side of that wall. His friend pats him on the back and says "Let's take a walk." They go a short distance and the friend shows him a spot in the wall that is different than the rest. The friend shows the man a door.
What is your destiny? Does the way you currently "think" get you closer to your destiny? Do you have a friend that is willing to show you a door? Will you listen to them or will you go back to banging your head against the wall?

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