The Costanza Correction Philosophy for Surprising Change

Insanity is waking up every day, Doing things the same way, And expecting a different result!!!

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change!

The 2 quotes above are a couple of my favorites and describes the sentiment of this post to the tee!

Seinfeld is one of my favorite shows – a classic – and I can watch reruns everyday (almost do)! The shenanigans Kramer, George, Elaine, and Jerry get themselves into are a hoot!

seinfeld group of characters - costanza correction

Kramer, Elaine, Jerry, and George

So I mention Seinfeld because I ran across an article by Joe Robinson, a work-life-balance trainer, coach, and author of Don’t Miss Your Life, that mentioned an impulsive, seemingly absurd, yet simple philosophy called the “Costanza Correction.”

What is the Costanza Correction?

In one episode of Seinfeld, George, while reflecting on his many failures in life, decides to do something radical to change his loser status. So he set out to do the opposite of what he’d normally do – from what to eat and wear to what to say. “If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right,” Jerry suggests.

And what happened? In the course of going against his habitual patterns, George ends up landing a girlfriend and working for the Yankees — unthinkably huge successes for George under normal circumstances.

If you’ve seen this episode, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If not, don’t fret. Here’s a snippet of George doing the opposite and succeeding extraordinarily. 

George Costanza Does The Opposite


Break Out of Your Routine

So the Costanza Correction may not sound too crazy right? If what you are doing isn’t working, do something different (hence the quotes at the beginning of this post)!

Well, though this philosophy of doing the opposite of what you’d normally do may sound simple, I can attest from personal experience that it isn’t always easy. There can be obstacles in the way such as fear (which is a big one!), lack of knowledge, resources, or skill, and even just the character traits to do the opposite of what you normally do.

But guess what – change doesn’t necessarily have be in the form of the exact opposite. It can be just one little thing you do to create a remarkable difference in your life. While the Costanza Correction is a bit dramatic and won’t always lead us to be as lucky as George in his quest to be successful, there are always things we can do to help break out of our routines.

Some examples include saying no when you’d normally say yes, go in a different direction to and from work ever so often, try to be more outspoken if you find yourself somewhat of an introvert, rearrange your schedule, try a new meal or new place to eat, do something alone if you never have, and on and on. 

Over to you…

What do you think about the Costanza Correction? Do you sometimes break out of your routine to achieve goals? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

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