Albert Einstein is accredited with saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. While there is some debate over who actually made this statement, it’s one that most of us can relate to.
If you’ve ever felt stuck in a rut or caught in a repetitive loop, then you know the feeling. Just like in the movie, Groundhog Day, you might find yourself getting out of bed every morning and doing the same exact things. This isn’t a problem if you’re living your ideal life. But if you want things in your life to be different, you have to do things differently. Sounds easy enough. But, sometimes, despite your best intentions to change, you just can’t break the cycle.
We’re creatures of habit, and we tend to stay where we’re comfortable. But if you want to reach new heights and achieve your goals, you have to be flexible and willing to change your behavior. Even if that means occasionally leaving your comfort zone. It may be a little scary, but this is how you’ll avoid repeatedly making the same mistakes. It’s how you can change your life.
I enthusiastically encourage you to take these steps to break the repetition and get better results.
Identify the change you want to make.
Make a list of any negative patterns in your life. Be honest with yourself, and give yourself permission to accept that some change is needed. Once you have your list, choose the most important habit that you want to finally break. This is the perfect place to start.
Identify your why.
If you want to make real change – lasting change – you’ve got to dig deep. It’s not only about which habits you’re trying to break … but why you want to implement these life changes in the first place. Maybe you’ve decided to live a healthier lifestyle or get out of a bad relationship. Maybe you want to devote more time to your family or commit to a daily meditation. No matter what’s driving you to change things up, identifying that reason – your why – is how you escape the repetitive insanity.
Identify what’s holding you back.
Write down the factors that have led to this repetitive cycle. This is how you’ll discover what has been keeping you stuck in a loop. For example, let’s say your goal is to eat healthier. After some honest brainstorming, you might realize that you rarely set aside any time to prepare healthy meals, you don’t have any healthy recipes at home, you’re grabbing for unhealthy snacks and comfort food because you’re stressed or you need a serious dose of willpower. The more honest with yourself you are, the better results you’ll get because these are the recurring behaviors that you need to change.
It’s time to take action.
Now that you’ve identified the changes you want to make, why you want to make them and what factors are holding you back … it’s time to create a realistic action plan that will finally break the cycle and result in the outcome you’ve long wanted.
You should feel proud and accomplished to have reached this point because it means that you’ve done some real soul searching. It shows your willingness to not only admit the need for change but to venture outside of your comfort zone in order to improve your life. That’s something to be excited about! From here, it’s all about sticking to your action plan and reaping the benefits.
Reliving the same day over and over again? It makes for a great movie, but not a great life. Break free from the repetition of old habits and achieve lasting change.
And remember to make healthy living a part of every day.
As always, the light in me honors the light in you. Namaste.
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- Venture outside of your comfort zone. It takes some getting used to, but it empowers you to reach new heights.
- Call on your tribe. Tribe members can help you create an action plan and stick to it … all while offering encouragement and support.
- Celebrate your efforts. Implementing life changes can be challenging. Remember to celebrate even the smallest successes. Large or small, it’s a victory!