The Definition Of Insanity

Today’s Daily Stoic Meditation outlines that insanity is simply repeating the same insufficient actions expecting a different outcome.

If you are defeated, and try again with the exact same failed strategy, nothing good will come of it.

You will be defeated again.

Insanity comes in when you try rationalise this.

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“If you are defeated once and tell yourself you will overcome, but carry on as before, know in the end you’ll be so ill and weakened that eventually you won’t even notice your mistake and will begin to rationalize your behavior.”

— EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 2.18.31

Repetition

The definition of insanity is repeatedly doing the same action expecting a different result.

You cannot repeat your actions and expect something else if you haven’t taken responsibility and made changes!

You will not progress if you shy away from change.

You will not win if you don’t improve.

Despite the comfort it brings, do not stick to your old strategy.

If you know it doesn’t work, you must look for what does, no matter how hard it’ll be.

Make Alterations

And so, the importance of change and alterations are evident.

You cannot use the same failed strategy, especially when you know that it doesn’t work.

To do that would be to simply waste valuable time!

You Must…

Rather than this, you must take responsibility and make changes.

You must delve deep into your work, your strategy, and figure out what went wrong.

You must figure out your weak point.

You cannot shy away from your mistakes — you must analyse them.

Once you have figured out the weaknesses in your strategy, you can work to improve them!

Rather than simply carrying on as if nothing bad happened, you can make changes.

You have the power to improve.

Improve upon your strategy, remove parts and add others.

Do it until you win, and become unstoppable.

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