Giving Up Our Insanity Badge

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Climbing SuitsI don't think any of our 204,000 members here is truly insane. Well, maybe a handful LOL. But for all of us in some part of our examined life we need to work on

Giving Up Our Insanity Badge

We have all heard the phrase, doing the same thing over and over with it not working, is INSANITY. Like these two mountain climbers in Joe Businessman suits on Mount Everest. Maybe they thought they were stylish. Where are the ropes? Where are the oxygen tanks? My God man, how about a decent parka do go over that $1,000 suit?

We do not get off insanity because

  • We are not thinking at all - you have to admit to yourself something is not working FIRST, before you stop doing the hamster wheel all over again
  • Wrong tools and lack of knowledge - you are not acknowledging the pieces you have set in place are the wrong ones. Desktop calculator rather than tablet computer with wireless. Wrong people you hired, you have not got educated on what you need or delegate something to an EXPERT
  • Stubborn - By God, the 100th time you try this same stupid technique, THEN it will finally work. I think this sometimes is the #1 reason we don't get out of insanity
  • Not sick and tired enough with your pain (YET) - I use the word YET, cause you will get there. It kind of is up to your own pain threshold. How many times do you have to fail and fall off the mountain?
  • FINALLY, somewhere in your Neanderthal brain, you DON'T REALLY WANT TO CHANGE. You have accepted this not getting where you want to go insanity, AS NORMAL. Intervention by a close confidante with a WAKE UP call is needed now for you or some OTHER wake up call in your life

Give up your Insanity Badge. It is NO Badge of Courage.


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Elisa Maria

Gary-Now the eagle scouts are the best ones because they climb the highest mountains, cross the deepest oceans and give 100% to those they love. They wear their badges with humbleness and a smile

Mar 16, 2011 08:32 AM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Gary, This is a badge taht I try to take away from my agent s all the time.  We need to tread away from   our comfort level

Mar 16, 2011 09:42 AM #2
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Elisa: Got to love those Eagle scouts with the merit badges, A rare breed I agree and certainly don't lay claim to insanity badges.

William: Sometimes I agree there is that need for intervention, cause people just won't jump off that crazy merry go round on their own sometimes.

Mar 16, 2011 10:17 AM #3
Rocky Dickerson
Henderson, NV

Perhaps one other reason for insanity . . . . Cleopatra. Queen of the Nile? Yes, she reminds us that some of us are the queens or kings of DENIAL. If we keep denying that something is not working, well that's our first step towards insanity. And of course being wrapped up in insanity is (as Cleopatra may put it) - a pain in the asp.

Mar 16, 2011 11:21 AM #4
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor


I really liked this blog.  It's amazing how long we keep doing the insane, the ineffective and even the harmful at times... g

Mar 16, 2011 12:15 PM #5
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Fear to try something new is one reason many do not try a new way. The comfort of doing the same thing over and over with the same results is insane...but if one does not step out into the unknown to try something new (admitting is the first step :) then they'll just keep doing the same insane things over and over again....

Mar 16, 2011 12:36 PM #6
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Just as the clock ticks away each day, days come and go, times change and we need to change with the times. Wouldn't it be sad if the world just stood still.

Mar 16, 2011 01:51 PM #7
Sandy Shores FL RealtorĀ®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Gary, Interesting post. I never really thought about it like that.  I suppose it can be a bit of insanity that paralyzes people into the fear of doing nothing, or the same thing over and over again, that isn't working.

Mar 16, 2011 02:08 PM #8
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Well, Gary, I was going to say that I like my insanity badge, but then Rocky did have a good point to reinforce yours. 

I liked your picture.  One of my best friends here in Colorado has made a fashion statement of always wearing a suit when we go on hikes or snow skiing.  It was amazing how much attention he got from wearing that suit at the slopes.   Sometimes it is fun to go against the grain.....

p.s.  I hope your training for your upcoming half marathon is going well.  You have just over 10 days to go. 

Mar 16, 2011 02:22 PM #9
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Fear keeps people from reaching out and making necessary changes but it can be overcome! Great post Gary!

Mar 16, 2011 03:03 PM #10
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Rocky: Denial is like insanity on insanity. That's pretty bad doing that.

Gordon: I am amazed how many loops on ineffective people will do without changing a thing.

Sally: You have nailed it correctly with many people not moving out of their comfort zones to get to a change that they so desperately need.

Ceil: We need to not just let the world and the seasons change around us but be part of the change ourselves.

Sandy: Something that is not working and keeping on keeping on doing that makes no sense at some point. Easy to point the finger at others when we all have glimpses of that probably ourselves.

Sondra: Someone really wears a suit on hikes? Has he been skipping his psychiatrist appointments? I want pictures. Marathon man is almost ready.

Wanda: Fear is a huge obstacle for moving a new direction, absolutely true, but we can get through the fear.

Mar 16, 2011 03:15 PM #11
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

hmm, something to think about!

Mar 16, 2011 04:22 PM #12
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi Steven: Definitely ponderable material LOL.

Mar 16, 2011 04:44 PM #13
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Gary, I think someone defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  Or something like that.  I am stubborn but, if it doesn't work after the first 43 times, I give up. 

Mar 16, 2011 11:01 PM #14
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gary-God has a great way of giving us wake up calls in life and one of them was to STOP the insanity in my life and move on to more fun, satisfying and worthwhile adventures, avenues and appreciate the beauty in the world and to accept  & love myself for the beautiful special person I am and embrace my uniqueness and focus on being happy, healthy and filled with God's peace and joy. So I have given up my insanity badge and I have NEVER been happier. I wish you the same in your life. Happy St Patricks Day. May it be richly blessed with no insanity.

Mar 17, 2011 03:25 AM #15
Tom Waite
Thomas Waite Real Estate Broker - Cypress, CA
So Cal-Apartment Bldg Investments


I'm INSANELY jealous of anyone who can conquor the issues you are describing.


Mar 17, 2011 07:03 AM #16
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Gary if people keep doing the same thing for soooo long and it hasn't worked yet,then I don't know when they will get it that what they are doing is not working. Some people need a deliverance from Insanity.

Mar 17, 2011 03:55 PM #17
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