The misapplication of one or more rules I operate from bites me time after time, like using a wrench for pounding nails works [barely] but not with the perfection possible with the appropriate hammer.
One of my favorite misapplications is “Fake it till you make it” and at one time people I worked with used, if you can’t dazzle’em with brilliance baffle’em with BS. Trouble is everyone knows when you are faking it… usually. The rule [tool] does work when your mood is running low … you are upset, down, tired, annoyed or listening to Monkey Mind as gospel… the tool to use is “Fake it till you make it” The next time someone asks you the standard how are you doing, how’s your day? Reply “Today is the best day of my life!” with expressive feeling, fake it if you must… watch their reaction and see how your day moves.
My most recent insight is ‘One of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result’ gets used to ask people to quit what they are doing. The fly on the wall perspective doesn’t see anything happening except no results. How many times have you ‘lost’ your keys? Looked through the drawer you KNOW they were placed in. You can’t find them there and look in four or five other places only to return to the drawer. You empty it and can’t find the keys and dump everything back into the drawer. You look in two or three new places and come back to the drawer and THERE ARE THE KEYS. If you are learning from the failure it is not time to quit. Perhaps we need more insanity in some areas. At the same time certain economic actions by government may need to be reversed.