Have you ever wondered if you're insane? Before you answer, let’s make sure we both know what I mean by that.
I’m referring to the definition of insanity that Albert Einstein is often credited with giving us:
Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.**
Now, let me ask you again: Are you insane?
I’m the King of Vows - boldly proclaiming what I will and won’t do - and have worn the crown for almost as long as I can remember. I’m not talking about the good vows, either (like saying, “I do!”), I’m referring to the times we speak before we think.
Do you ever go through the motions at work? Do you ever admit to yourself that you could be doing a better job, but you just don’t care?
We wouldn’t want anyone to accuse us of doing a poor job or making lackluster effort, so why are we okay with giving less than our best?
It could be because we don’t believe what we are doing matters. Perhaps it’s because you hate your job, or that you don’t think you’ll get recognized for doing it well. Maybe you just think your manager is a moron. Whatever the reason, we find ourselves going through the motions, doing what we can to get through the week and into the weekend.