Friday, 24 April 2009

Einstein's Definition of Insanity

The famous scientist Albert Einsten is reported to have defined insanity as consisting of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

If this is so, then maybe most of us are insane, because I for one would have to admit that at times I have repeated behaviour in a similar situation for no particularly good reason but with the hope that maybe this time things will be different.

The point though is a good one from a life coaching perspective: If you find that you keep on doing something in one way and it is not bringing the results that you want then why not try to do something different?

Of course, it makes sense to assess the risks of doing something different first and if these seem too high then maybe moderate your change or try it out in a small way first to test the water without running too much risk if that is possible. Ask yourself 'What have I got to lose?' - If the answer is not much then why not try out the new approach and see if it works? If it doesn't you can try something else.

This brings me in mind of another reported quote from Einstein.

He is supposed to have said that a person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

That is a quote I like!

Blog Post Written by Life Coach David
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1 comment:

  1. Hey David! :) I love this quote by Einstein! It reflects a favorite success principle of mine, which is to keep changing my strategies (I wrote about in one of my blog articles at Not Getting What You Want? Time To Change Your Actions.) If we haven’t been getting results we want with our actions thus far, it’s a huge sign to change our actions, because clearly doing the same things again and again aren’t going to bring us anywhere.