June 15, 2022 –
Insanity, Albert Einstein said, “is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” This definition reminds me of the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. In the movie, a self-centered Pittsburgh weather reporter finds himself mysteriously trapped in a small town as he lives the same day repeatedly.
People make the same mistakes over and over and hope for a different result. But you don’t have to repeatedly make the same mistake. Learn from the failures. Use the mistakes as tactical points for improvement.
Keys for exchanging your Groundhog Day with a new day are:
- Create your own day. Don’t let the past dictate your present. Enjoying life is about what you do, not about what you have done. Lay out a plan and stick to it.
- Replace your negative habits. Replace a bad habit with a habit that is more productive for you. Apply your positive attitude to the new day against your former negative attitude. Repeating positive habits replace negative habits.
- Be an artist. Paint your canvas as you want it. Every day starts with a new canvas. You choose the paints, brushes, and the subject.
- Combine an attitude of what I can do with a sense of urgency. It is easy to talk about a new day, but it is difficult to live it. Get up in the morning eager for success and eager for the new day because today you will act.
As Einstein famously stated, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Don’t just continue to walk the same road it will lead to frustration. Replace negative habits with positive ones and travel on a new road.