What Contributes to “Insanity”?

June 20th, 2014   •   1 comment   


insanityquote_June_20_2014I would like to add to this quote by Einstein.

Insanity is thinking the same thing over and over again and expecting different thoughts.

Common sense, as well as research, constantly demonstrates how much our thoughts affect our actions and subsequently affect our results.  Research also reveals that most of our actions occur as a direct result of habits we have formed over the course of time.

Our habits result from years and years of conditioning. This conditioning becomes so entrenched into our subconscious, both positively and negatively, that our habits cause us to react and do things repetitively. Dr. Bruce Lipton, PhD in biology and author of the controversial book, the Biology of Belief, has been researching the theory that 90 to 95% of our behaviors are a direct result of our subconscious thoughts.

Whether or not we buy into Dr. Lipton’s number of 90 to 95%, I strongly suspect that a significant portion of our thoughts come from our subconscious. That doesn’t necessarily make us clinically “insane.” It certainly can make us personally and professionally “insane.”

droponrock_June20_2014I am also not suggesting that “insanity” is all bad. Certainly our conditioning has helped us to often to overcome danger and to make good life and/or business decisions.

I am suggesting that we appreciate how we are dramatically affected by genetics, culture, environment, education, family, community, and work.  It’s like water dripping on a rock. The day-to-day bombardment comes from all directions. Because life and business are so fast paced, our subconscious protects us and simultaneously limits us. It takes conscious, constant reflection to help us to identify how our conditioning and habits support and detract from our success in life and work.

In the book by Joel Olsen, The Slight Edge, Mr. Olsen suggestions “turning simple disciplines into massive results.” This takes conscious, deliberate effort to make lasting, sustainable, powerful changes. This book offers insights and ideas to help make simple, yet, highly impactful choices.

We have come to realize that the habit zone is the comfort zone, which ultimately can be the insanity zone. So, the results we achieve are not at all what we need to succeed. As 720thinkers, we continually use a  multidimensional method and multi-lens tools to continually discover what contributes to “insanity” for individuals, organizations and communities. If you’re happy with your current results, than, your “insanity” is working for you. However, we would like to leave you with these two questions:

Are your results leading you where you want to be?


Are your results driving you “insane”?









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One comment

  1. posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Great article Laura! As usual, I couldn’t agree with you more. I had some more thoughts on how repeating similar actions might not yield the same result either. So I wrote about them over on Live Mercury’s Musings.

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