Einstein was a German Physicist Born in a town called Ulm, Germany on March the 14th 1879. He was responsible for some huge scientific discoveries such as – the Theory of Relativity and E=MC Squared.
But one of the reasons he keeps popping into my head is for his famous quotes. One of his most famous quotes was related to INSANITY:
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
This to me is the cornerstone of why I do what I do every single day.
The first part of the job having to see what is going wrong. Setting the goal that you want to achieve. Then putting in place the plan to achieve that goal.
If you take for example the “wrong part” being that I can be anxious about a lot of different things. I will use the example of finding a car parking spot as my biggest anxiety.
I obviously don’t want to be worrying about getting a parking space but that’s just one of the things that I do get wound up about. Funnily enough I remember sharing that with a friend of mine a few years back. He told me that he had the exact same anxiety! In fact he used to use google maps the night before to see where he could park the next day. With that being said it must be something that a lot of people get worked up about.
My relatively easy way of dealing with my anxiety over parkign is………..
To leave a lot earlier than I need to so as to ensure getting to a location or event before the crowds. That way I get my parking spot easily. When I say leave early – sometimes it could be an hour or so before I should normally leave.
From that example above it easy to see the stages – identify – plan – achieve.
Identify the Problem
If you take overall anxiety and depression as the problem. We need to break it down into what is causing both situations. Once we have that breakdown it is possible to address them individually and make a plan to change. The goal in mind would to stop being anxious or depressed as much as possible.
The one thing I do know as a sufferer with anxiety and depression is that getting started or initial step can be the most difficult. In my case I was too far into the depression to begin to look at my life objectively. I didn’t know who I could talk to and the amount of resources available were very few.
I began to talk to my doctor about the situation and she suggested I take some “vitamins for the brain” – this would allow my mood to stabilise. That way I could take a look at what was happening and begin to identify the problems / challenges I had.
Once I started on the medication I was able to look at what other options were available to me. I went and spoke to a CBT Therapist but we didn’t really click so that put me off CBT. However I was convinced to take another look at it and I found an excellent councilor in Lusk. We clicked and I found it very easy to talk to him. It was even easier to see things from a different angle when we talked about the different issues.
One big thing that came about was that I needed to change the way I did things and thought about things. That inevitably brought about the idea that Einstein put forward – how are we ever to expect things to change if we constantly repeat the same thing??
The quote has stuck with me ever since then. You would be surprised how many different situations use that quote to promote change. The last time I heard it being used was in relation to voters in the USA – if they always vote the same way or even don’t vote at all – how will things change.
Einstein had a lot more quotes related to people and the two below are just a taster for his wit:
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.