by Dov Baron
We’ve all heard it time and time again - your brother, coworker, spouse, or friend is going to change. People love to talk about all the habits they’ll be breaking (or creating), the goals they’ll be setting, and the changes they’ll be making.
And while they likely believe that they mean it, the reality is: they don’t.
How can I be so sure? Well, most people aren’t willing to do what it takes to actually change!
In almost 25 years of leading and coaching, what I’ve found is that most people will say they want change, or agree that they need to change, but only if….
If they don’t have to be inconvenienced.
If they don’t have to give up being comfortable.
If they can hold on to everything from their “pre-change” life that they like.
What it boils down to is this:
“People want to change...as long as they don’t have to change”.
Before you point the finger - this is true of you too.
Every goal in life that you’ve set but not achieved, every habit you intended to break but never quite …
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“Look around you. Everything changes. Everything on this Earth is in a continuous state of evolving, refining, improving, adapting, enhancing…changing. You were not put on this Earth to remain stagnant.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli
The above quote is one of my absolute favorites; whenever I read it, I’m reminded that there is always opportunity for personal growth in life. It is a known fact that the things around us in our physical reality change from day to day, most times whether we want them to or not and whether we expect them to or not. For instance, we all experience the wavering changes of Mother Nature in our daily lives. The weather changes from minute to minute, hour by hour. Thus this is why many of us are obsessed with watching the nightly news to stay ahead of the constant weather changes. However, how many times has the meteorologist’s forecast failed you and you found yourself caught in pouring rain when mostly sunny skies were just promised to you hours ago?