Thursday, January 20, 2011

Handling Change

By Hannah du Plessis

"If we don't change the direction we're going, we're likely to end up where we are headed." –Chinese proverb

Have you ever tried to quit smoking or go on a diet? How about making changes to your beliefs? If you did, then you know how difficult it is to make a lasting change. And if it is so difficult to make a change in habit or beliefs, how difficult would it be to change your work ethics, environment, or structures ... or to change your career?

Change has been proven to be a good thing. Look at the way the world changed after the invention of electricity, the telephone, the motor car and the aeroplane. Also look at the way we do things compared to 100 years ago. Change is good!

If change is good, then why do we find it so difficult? It comes down to behaviour. People just can’t seem to change the way they behave. Examples are the growing waistlines in the western world. People are getting rounder. Diabetes is becoming an epidemic. Why? Eating habits: Behaviour!

If you as an individual want to change you need:

·         A definite goal
·         A strong reason why
·         Powerful motivation in the form of reward
·         Intense focus
·         Swift dealing with things that take your eyes off your goal

Why change your behaviour?

People who change their behaviour are winners. 95% of people just exist. They don’t live life to the fullest. It is the 5% that work for change that really live. The powerful feeling you get when you’ve reached a goal is tremendously satisfying.

So what do you need to change in your life or your business today? Make sure you remove all blocks and obstacles. Start setting goals, work on a powerful why, decide what your reward will be, focus all your attention on it, and make that change! Decide which direction you will be going in so that you can get there.

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