There are a few famous people credited for this particular definition of insanity:
Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin, and Mark Twain are three in particular.
Let’s look at another famous person who had a crazy idea, which was to invent the light bulb: Thomas Edison.
He supposedly tried around 10,000 times until he finally got it to work as expected. When asked about all of those other failures he is noted to have said:
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
The key is he kept trying different approaches, however, it’s all too common that people stick to the same ways they think will help them get in shape and improve their overall health and expect to get different results.
Now, I don’t think it’s fair to call someone insane just because they go through the same ineffective routines of nutrition, workouts, poor sleeping habits, etc. and are expecting different results.
They might not be expecting anything, rather they feel like “it’s the right things to do.”
So let’s create a new definition, for the term “sanity”:
Doing things over and over and getting the exact results you expect.
How much better would you feel waking up each day, knowing that you will accomplish exactly what you intend to?
It really does not take much to get to that point. Once you understand the fundamentals of how your body works, build up some better habits, and experience tangible results, the whole cycle feeds itself.
That’s when you can actually expect and get the results you expect from doing the same things over and over again while building up even more knowledge on how your body works.
When you are ready to get a new set of results you will know exactly how to change things up.