When it comes to change, no one motivates you to change (long term) except you. Your mother can’t, your spouse can’t, your doctor can’t, your boss can’t, not even your coach or therapist can.
There are however influencers that can increase urgency for change. Those influencers are like a thermostat that triggers a change in temperature, increasing the urgency for change.
Urgency follows awareness (see The Face of Change for a review) and increases when any of the 5 + 1 influencers are present.
What are the 5 + 1 Influencers for change?
People are more likely to be motivated to change when they experience…
When people fear the consequences if things don’t change, urgency for change increases. It worked for me once when my doctor said, “You either take a break from work or you are going to crash through the ice and drown.” I took the break!
The human need to climb to a higher level of achievement or accomplishment can be a strong influencer for change. Olympic athletes often have this motivator and will make radical changes in order to move to the level of excellence required to win. This past year I caught a glimpse for how I could encourage others going through difficulty and have made some changes to do that even better.
People will change because they have a strong need to be part of a community where they find acceptance and belonging. We will often conform to peer pressure and the expectations of those we love in order to fit in and find acceptance. For me, I`ve been inspired to keep growing and not lose heart for the sake of my friends and family!
Sometimes change comes from being inspired or motivated by a leader. We see in them a compelling vision and we decide we want to be part of that vision because it gives us a greater sense of meaning and ignites our passion. Matt Long is one such leader for me as I`ve walked through my recovery www.thelongrunbook.com.
Some people are influenced to change because they come to believe in something or Someone greater than themselves. The person who believes in God and surrenders to His leadership will experience a newness of life that is truly hope giving. Words are inadequate to describe how my faith in God has motivated me to keep trusting and looking past what I`ve lost to focus on what I have left.
+ 1 A TRAUMATIC EVENT
A traumatic event can serve as a catalyst for change and motivate you to turn thoughts into action. Because of the pain and shock, everything looks and feels differently and can result in a new direction, new behaviors and significant change. Source: Adaptive Coaching by Terry Bacon and Karen Spear.
Which of the 5 +1 influencers have served as a motivation for change in your life? What’s next?