“The Definition Of Insanity Is Doing The Same Thing Over And Over Again, And Expecting Different Results” – Albert Einstein.
That’s a phrase that gets thrown around so loosely you’d swear it was tied together by a 4-year-old who just upgraded from velcro’s.
And forgive me if I’m wrong, but isn’t insanity a legal definition that’s used when someone wasn’t in a fit state of mind when a particular crime was committed?
Ah it doesn’t matter.
I would have liked to use that quote this morning because even if it is one of the most cliché things in the world, it does tie in quite well with what I want to say.
About six inches below where my cursor is now flowing across the screen, I have stuck a post-it(TM) note containing only three words:
“Test. Test. Test.”
I used to hate tests. Hate ’em. I stressed and I worried and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to do as well as I should in them. But here in the real world I try to test as much as I can.
I’ll test to see if eating dinner earlier helps reduce that want for something sweet in the evening.
I’ll test to see if getting up later helps my morning productivity.
I’ll test to see if drinking my tea when it’s closer to room temperature is nicer then when it’s piping hot and rearing to scald my sensitive gullet.
Honest to god, testing is the only way to achieve anything in this life – even if you’ve never realised it before. You pick something you want to do, you test one method, asses if it worked, adjust, and retest. Continue that process until you’ve done whatever it is you’re trying to do.
Like, what other way is there? Unless you’ve got some super power that lets you get something 100% right first time, every time (You should give me a call if you do, BTW), you’re probably testing a bunch of things right now and don’t even realise it.
But being aware of that testing, being mindful of the tests you’re running at any one time, drastically reduces the time to completion and will really help open your eyes to what works for you and, probably more importantly, what doesn’t.
So get out there and Test, Test, Test.