There is a saying that
“If you always do what you’ve always done then you will always get what you always got.”
Another way to describe this idea was probably coined by Narcotics Anonymous organization:
“Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.”
But why does it happen continuously?
It starts with using the outcome of an action or project as a confirmation of the actions undertaken. Human nature doesn’t stop there. The same process is used to build experience. The outcome now is being used to confirm previous experiences.
Experience combines beliefs with a track record of previous outcomes. In other words, experience is the story people tell themselves about how they’ll perform.
You’ve heard these and more: “I never win against him” or “I have two left hands” or “I don’t understand math”.
When accepting the outcome as a fatality, there seems to be no need to question how it is achieved.
It makes it easy to continue to use the learned habits.
What if we’d be curious about the outcome and get into the habit of changing the method we use?