They say that experience is the best teacher. There is also a saying that says, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
We have all seen and, dare I say, participated in that definition of insanity, haven’t we? For example, most of us have looked in the mirror at least once and thought, “I wish I was in better shape or thinner,” and then we go off and eat a giant greasy meal with dessert that has the daily calorie allowance for a rhino…day after day.
Another thing that many of us can relate to are times when we got great results one time and were unable to repeat those results in the future. At the very least, we may have ended up with inconsistent results and not known why.
So if experience is the best teacher, why do so many of us struggle in this cycle of insanity? Is it because even the best teacher sometimes can’t teach the worst student? Maybe. Or perhaps the more likely thing is that experience alone is not the teacher but rather what we do with that experience is.
Try this, “Experience, reflected upon, is the best teacher.” Now we’re cookin’ with gas. You see, when we take the time to sit and think about our experience and how our choices and actions affect our results, it is then that we begin to make the necessary cause and effect correlations. From these, we learn what works and what doesn’t and can intentionally repeat desired behaviors and abolish the negative ones.
So take a minute each day to think back on what worked and what didn’t in your day. This will help you get an idea for what you want to try tomorrow. Hopefully not the same thing if you didn’t get the results you want.