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When change is too hard

Posted Nov 26 2012 4:37am

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I really want to do this?  Do I want to be motivated or am I motivated?
  • Do I have the ability to do this?  Do I need teaching or instruction?  Do I need practice?  Do I need to make the change in smaller steps?
  • Do I have support in doing this?  Do I have the social support and encouragement I need in doing this or am I going solo?  Who needs to get on board that is not?  How can I enlist or recruit the support I need?
  • Do I have models or examples to base the change on?  The easiest way sometimes to get a change going is to imitate someone who is changed?
  • Am I rewarded?  Sometimes new behavior is really punished.  What consequences can help me to maintain my efforts to change?
  • Are the roadblocks just too high?  Sometimes the environment hinders what I am trying to do.  Are the materials and resources availible to me.  Is something making it harder than it has to be?

The problem may well be in the anwers to one or more of these questions.

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