Are you insane?! OK, settle down. I don't mean clinically, at least not for most of you. (Smile.) But too many of us are going about our lives in a way that can only be explained as, well, insane. We are doing the exact same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

We continue to do the same half-assed workout and wonder why we're not building muscle.

We still eat fatty, grease-filled foods filled with more calories than can be counted on a scale from The Biggest Loser and wonder why we've still got a gut and/or spare tire.

In fact, we do the same thing over and over in too many areas of our lives, and yet we wonder why it still sucks. We do the same thing at work and never get promoted.

We use the same tired lines with women and wonder why they laugh out loud.

We continue to take shortcuts, instead of making the extra-extra effort. We never truly challenge ourselves, and yet we still wonder why we haven't achieved our dream.

Are you insane?

Take one minute today and quietly think about at least one area of your life you'd like to change. It doesn't even have to be a major one, like your job, your relationship, or that extra 15 pounds you've been ignoring.

It might simply be your attitude.

Or maybe the fact that you haven't read a book since you last bolted out of a classroom. It might be that you haven't passed on the dessert menu for a while.

Now, ask yourself, and be honest, Why have I not been able to make those changes?

You probably won't be able to come up with anything significant. Chances are your biggest obstacles aren't external but something requiring only a slight change. But small change adds up quickly. Great wealth begins with a penny.

Sure, you might want to blame your struggles on your boss, your girl, the economy, President Obama, The Man, or whomever. But if you take a hard-assed, honest assessment, you'll find your biggest hurdle—one you keep jumping and jumping and jumping over—just might have your name on it.

How insane is that?

Roy S. Johnson
Men's Fitness
Editor In Chief