How To Avoid Insanity During Tough Times

Published: March 12, 2010
By: Faye Hollands

Are you 100% happy and successful in every area of your life? Or is there something you want to achieve but just can’t seem to get there? If you feel like you’re continually struggling to reach a particular goal then it’s time to change your way of thinking before the men in white coats come to take you away…

Think Differently To Get Different Results

I’m not suggesting it’s time to join the asylum however I’m sure you’ve heard the definition of insanity before and it’s important to keep this in mind when you’re battling to achieve a particular goal.

Let’s take the example of sales people in the current economic climate. If you’re responsible for generating revenue in your job you might be finding it more difficult to reach your targets since the financial markets took a turn for the worse. I know at lot of Recruiters at the moment are battling to keep their heads above water and the change in the way people are now spending money is a challenge for most people in business. So what’s the secret to staying afloat?

Put simply you have to think differently. If you’re not getting the results you want, right now, but you’re still following the same old strategy you’ve been using time and time again you’re running the risk of falling into the ‘insane’ category. Remember, the definition of insanity is ‘doing the same thing and expecting a different result’.

If you’re not getting where you want to be – whether it’s in sales, weight loss, financial freedom, relationships… the list goes on – you must be willing to do something that you’re not currently doing, and importantly you must change your way of thinking.

Too many people want different results in life but they’re not willing to change the way they think which ultimately generates the outcomes they’re experiencing. So if you’re in debt for example, you can get a budget planner and see a financial advisor but if you don’t change the way you think about money you will always struggle to achieve financial freedom because your way of thinking has a direct impact on the results you achieve.

A quick way to check out the associations you have with your goals and how your thinking may be holding you back is to follow this little exercise:-

  • Step 1: When you think about your current goal what words spring to mind immediately? i.e. Goal = Lose Weight: the words you might associate with this could be ‘struggle’, ‘hard work’, ‘battle’ or ‘feel great’, ‘healthy’ etc
  • Step 2: These associations are ‘fixed points’ and illustrate how your mind can easily get into tracks of thinking which can hold you back if the associations are negative. Your thinking is enhanced by becoming aware of these associations and consciously changing them so that you don’t stay in a particular track of thinking. Take a pen now and write down what other associations you could have in relation to your goal.

Once you start to change the associations you have with a particular goal or issue in your life you allow your mind to explore new ways of thinking which will creatively enhance the actions that you take, and therefore the results you experience.

So I invite you now to commit to changing the way you think about the challenges you currently have in your life right now, and to allow your mind to explore new ways to achieve your goals. Say goodbye to the asylum and start enjoying different results in your life today!

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Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email

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