Author and personal development guru Jim Rohn is credited with saying “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight!” Change is the most difficult things humans attempt to do. As Rohn suggests, even though change doesn’t happen immediately, you can start the ball rolling with your very next thought.
The reason creating change is so difficult is that there’s a vested part of our personality that aggressively resists change at every turn.
Since it’s our thinking that drives our behavior, all change begins with your thoughts. What you do is a direct result of what you think. If you can embrace the analogy that your life is like a business, enacting change requires putting your brain under new management. New management is generally a “change agent” . . . someone brought into the business from outside the business to shake things up and make the company more profitable, efficient or functional.
So, you have to first decide to change, then like running a business, run your mind in a similar fashion. Write a business plan articulating the baby steps required to achieve sustained improvement and real change. Write down your stategy for change (your goal), then articulate the steps (tactics) of how you are going to get there . . . baby steps . . . the 3-W’s . . . What are We going to do by When?
You have to have a supervisors or task-master mentality. But realize, it takes time to effect change, it doesn’t happen over night. You remember Aesop’s fable about the race between the tortoise and the hare?
The moral of the story was that slow and steady wins the race every time . . . the same is true for change!