“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”– Attributed to Albert Einstein
Here I am, sitting down for lunch in the Staff Room.
The Staff Room is buzzing. Buzzing with people. With conversations.
But, what I really mean by conversations… is complaints…
The Staff Room is the place for venting. Apparently.
Here, staff vent about their students. They vent about coworkers. They vent about their families and home life.
I only listen.
I don’t chime in.
I don’t contribute to their complaints.
Because, I just don’t get it..
I See These People Do and Say the Same Things… Every Day…
“Why can’t Kellen just listen?! His personality is too hard to teach…”
But, have they done anything different to help this kid?
“Mrs. Bell in the office is always ignoring me.”
Well, have they tried saying ‘Good Morning’? Or asked about her day?
“My husband and kids drive me crazy! I’m just too tired to deal with them after work!”
But, have they scheduled any time for self care? Have they done anything proactively?
How Can Anyone Expect Anything to Change, If They Don’t Change?
To get different results, we need to do something different.
We can’t rely on our current habits and conversations if we are expecting different results.
Same goes with the staff room table… No one benefits from engaging in the same complaints day after day. And no one has taken any step to change their outcomes.
So… How can they expect the next day to be any different?
What Are Your Goals?
Do you want to have better days at work? Do you want to be happier? Do you want to be healthier? Do you want to make more money?
Whatever your goals, wishes, or dreams are…
Do Your Habits Match Your Goals?
Chances are, if you’re stuck in the same cycle of complaints, then they don’t.
You’ve been doing the same thing each day.
Same habits, same you.
Things will never change.
If You Want REAL CHANGE, You Need To Be The Change!
You want less stressful days at work?
Can you change something about your day? Or… go out on a limb and change careers entirely!
You want to be happier?
Can you start looking for joy in each day? Can you start practicing gratitude?
You want to be healthier?
Can you make a step towards healthier habits? Can you eat more vegetables? Or find ways to move your body daily?
You just need to align your habits – what you say and do – with your goals.
To experience external change, you need to tackle internal change.
Be the change. See the change.