Insanity versus Sanity!

We all want grow something

It seems to me that most of us want to grow something. I don’t mean plants. I am talking about growing something else. It could be to grow personally, or to grow a business or to become fit or whatever.

I am one of those people. I like to grow stuff.  When I became a Christian, I wanted to grow as a Christian. When I started a church, I wanted the church to grow. Now, I am starting an online movement and I want it to grow as well.

Insanity vs Sanity

Over this and the next 4 blogs I want to share some thoughts about growing. The first being, “Insanity versus Sanity”.

A famous quote defining  insanity (mistakenly attributed to Albert Einstein) is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result”.  My favourite version of this is; ”if you keep doing what you are doing, you will keep getting what you got!”

Another great quote: We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”. (This  also attributed to Einstein).

Change the way we think

Getting something to grow or change demands that we “think about our thinking.”

Paul wrote a letter to the followers of Jesus in Rome about faith and life. In the letter he says, “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect”  (Rom 12:2)


Here are 3 thoughts that may help you to think in new ways.

1. Own your own stuff.

We are so easily sucked into the vortex of a blame culture. When we take ownership of our own stuff, we are able to change the way we think. When we change our thinking, we find creative solutions.

2. Find someone who is getting it right.

I have unashamedly copied people who have done what I hope to do. Sometimes it hasn’t worked, but most times, something sticks. I have read, listened, watched and talked to people who are already a success. And these influences have helped me to think differently.

3. Finally – don’t go it alone.

I figured out quite early on that I have limited talents and abilities. Inspired by the story of South Africa’s 1995 World Cup rugby winners, I decided that “team” was the only way I was going to fulfil my ambitions. My ambitions exceeded my talents. This rugby team never had the talent or the experience to win a World Cup. But they did so by becoming a well-coordinated team. In a team, you will be exposed to different ways of thinking.

Don’t be insane!

It’s insane to think that your life will change if you keep thinking the way you think.

Let me know what you think about changing the way you think! 

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