How to Create Lasting Change
and Achieve Greater Success at Work
"This year, I'm going to get that raise."
At some point we've all vowed to make some big change - similar to the resolutions above. But by the time the rosy blush of good intentions wears off, the resolution gets pushed aside. Not because we don't still long to have what we want, but because we just don't know how to change.
Changing your behavior takes work.
Our brains have enormous "plasticity," meaning they can create new cells and pathways. But our brains create strong tendencies to do the same thing over and over.
The brain cells that fire together wire together. Meaning, they have a strong tendency to run the same program the next time. That's why lasting change takes lots of practice; you've got to create a pathway to the new options.
According to many brain scientists it can take six to nine months to change your behavior. Yet people continue to waste so much money on those seven-day miracle programs and then wonder why they have not experienced lasting change and greater success at work.
The Top Three Reasons Many Business Entrepreneurs and Executives Fail to Change Their Behavior and Achieve Greater Business Success:
To truly change your behavior and achiever greater business success requires three things: desire, intent, and persistence. You have to identify what you desire enough to be willing to stick to. You have to make SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) like "leave the computer at the office and don't look at the Blackberry after 9" rather than "having more balance". You need determination and persistence to try again no matter how many times you blow it. Most importantly you need to avoid my top 10 common resolution pitfalls.
My Top 10 List of Resolution Pitfalls
Armed with a new attitude and behavior, you can create lasting change and achieve greater success at work. When you have this invaluable tool in your arsenal, you'll be empowered to bring anything you want into reality. You'll become the master of your fate rather than the victim of old choices.
M.J. Ryan is an executive coach and the author of THIS YEAR I WILL…How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution or Make a Dream Come True. To receive a ton of free resources including free daily "I Will Power" emails that will help you make and actually keep your promises and achieve greater business success this year, go to http://www.mj-ryan.com .
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