The Conditions for Change

I was mulling over this as I walked my dog, these thoughts came to me: Any technique or insight to a limiting behaviour and its alternative, positive one can only be a part of the ‘cure’. The truth is that people tend hold onto their limiting beliefs with tenacity even in the face of evidence to the contrary.

Whatever the technique or strategy or insight there are two other qualities that are essential for change.

  1. Motivation has to be high – Just wanting something isn’t enough
  2. Action has to be taken – However small. An insight into a better way of doing things is actually only the beginning. That better understanding can’t just remain ‘intellectual’ but has to be adsorbed into the very texture of our daily behaviour. After all most patterns of behaviour including limiting beliefs have been years in the making and persistent reinforcing.

So I would suggest that people who achieve successful change do this by taking advantage of beneficial insight, creating a plan of action and maintaining motivation.

Do whatever we have done so far and we will get the same result. Do something different and we get a different result. The plan of action can be as simple as considering the smallest alteration to our usual way of doing things and noticing the consequence. Noticing what is better. Noticing what has the potential to lead further. The emphasis is not about what’s not possible it’s about what is possible.

Remember Roger Banister and the 4 minute mile? No one had (been recorded) as running faster than 4 minutes. The eminent doctors of the time said it wasn’t possible… At 4 minutes the heart would explode and the shins would fracture as the human body was not equipped to do it. Banister proved that wasn’t true when he ran the first sub 4 minute mile. What happened next and this is very interesting. That year all over the planet at race meetings athletes began breaking the 4 minute mile barrier. How come? – What had changed, it certainly wasn’t their physical ability, same bodies, same athletes. One thing that had changed was their belief in what’s possible.

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