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Progress In Life Is Optional

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The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. ~Helen Keller

I remember listening to a seminar where the speaker was talking about making positive changes. He said he is often asked, “If change is easy then why don’t more people do it?” His reply, “Yes, change is easy, but more people don’t change because it is easy not to change.

Of course, change is not always easy, but the principles to make positive changes are usually pretty simple, which is what the speaker was pointing out. For instance, most people know what they need to do to get healthier. Eat better, alleviate stress, exercise more, etc. Yet studies continue to show the average person watches some forty plus hours of television a week and spend little time on goals.

All around us every day change is happening. However, As Anthony Robbins notes, “Change is automatic, progress is optional.” You can find Robbins' books at Cleveland's Visible Voice Bookstore.We change all the time in small and large ways. But when it comes to making the changes we want, often the challenge and the oftentimes necessary discomfort leaves people on the sidelines.

There are three steps that have been found to be the most effective in leading to positive change. Once we have a vision of where we want to be, taking these three steps greatly increases the odds of our success in pursuing our dream.

The first two steps are used in many popular health programs because they work. Study after study have shown the impact these two actions have on our subconscious, and most people have heard them but often don’t follow through with them. They are to write down your goal and to publicly share your goal. One of the reasons these work so well is we are hardwired to be consistent with the identity we present.

Once we tell someone what we are going to do and write it down, we are making a promise to others and to ourselves, and our subconscious will work to keep that commitment.

The third technique is to have real and immediate consequences for not following through. Since most people don’t like to watch money vanish, this is a strong driving force to keep your commitment. The rule is simple, if you don’t follow through you have to pay someone $100 the next day. Then the commitment begins again, and if you don’t follow through you have to pay someone another $100.

This technique works whether you are trying to eliminate a bad habit or characteristic, or incorporate an empowering habit into your life. To not change shouldn’t be easy, these tools will help eliminate this blockage from your life.

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