I’m not sure I care who originally said this… because it’s true regardless of source:
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
This is often attributed to Einstein by sheer popularity but it has also been referenced via Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, Rita Mae Brown (via her novel Sudden Death), and a few others. Clinically-speaking it’s entirely false, but clinical accuracy isn’t the point of cute saying and phraseology.
In any case, I believe the point is clear as well as the implicit call-to-action: Don’t do the same crap and expect that something historically different will occur. Or, in a more colloquial internet lingo, “Stop being a noob and doing the same shit.”
If you’re interested in making 2013 the best year of your life then you must consider all the things that you’ve done last year (and the previous years before that) and catalogue the things that you need to stop doing and commit to doing something different.
I’ve done this myself and my family and I believe the results will be striking – I need 2013 to be categorically different than 2012, in so many different ways.
If you expect this year to be big, if you want to make this a “game-changing” year, then you have to start playing a different game. You will never start that new business, never engage in that new relationship, never stop hating your current circumstance or job or whatever, if you continue to do what you’ve always done.
Don’t fool yourself in believing that “it” will just happen (whatever “it’ is) – you must make a volitional decision to make. it. happen.
Don’t be driven back into insanity – be insane on purpose.