“We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.”
Francois duc de la Rochefoucauld
Well, that pretty much sums things up, doesn’t it? So what’s there to do about this? Let’s ask a really smart person. When I need a really smart person, my go to source is Albert Einstein. Although dead since 1955, I continue to seek his advice for all sorts of complex issues. When I inquired with Professor Einstein about the persistence of problems or behaviors, this is what he told me (I’m paraphrasing here ) “Lisa, no problem can be solved at the same level it was created.” I have found in my experience that this axiom is correct. In laymen’s terms we can present this idea as “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” So why is it that we persist in doing the same activities that have not produced the results that we believe we want? Whether we want to lose 10 pounds or sell more products or meet the love of our lives, whatever it is, we’re often doing the same things that have gotten us to the place where these things have become persistent problems rather than taking another path to create lasting and genuine solutions.
Are you sufficiently frustrated? Do you have an alt plan that will have you break out of this vicious cycle of hope and failure? No? Most people don’t. So don’t despair… there’s a way for you to make 2014: The Year of Doing It Differently.