You seek change when you aren't content with a situation or circumstance. This applies to personal and business situations, and clearly it's a series of events, not a single action.
What is the process of change? For many years, I've asserted the position that the root of all change is dissatisfaction. You seek change when you aren't content with a situation or circumstance. This applies to personal and business situations, and clearly it's a series of events, not a single action.
Change can be viewed as many things, but understanding the "cycle" of change is essential to your success in making a change. Successful self-changers employ the following processes in their effort to change:
Raising Awareness: Seeking new information, you gain understanding and perspective from observation, listening, and developing your own interpretations. You gain awareness of what is happening and seek to alter it.
Counter-conditioning: Releasing "old" habits and replacing them with alternative approaches to solving the problem or behavior.
Dramatic Relief: Experiencing and expressing how you feel about certain behaviors and situations helps define the issues at hand.
Reevaluation of Environment: Understanding how the problem affects your surroundings, your life, and your behaviors.
Helping Relationships: Availing yourself of support from others, whether in a group or one-on-one, learning to trust and accept them on their own level and terms, not subject to your judgment.
Reinforcement Management: When you are successful in making some changes to your awareness and altering your behaviors, rewarding yourself or being rewarded by others is a conscious means of seeing the changes from an external position.
Self-Liberation: Once the change is formulated, implementation is the next and most difficult step. Believing in oneself is a critical and positive change. This is where you gain freedom from your past.
Self-Reevaluation: Reassessing your morals, values, and judgments based on your new perspective is to place your new values in a more permanent place in your mind.
Social Liberation: Through elimination of your "problem" areas, you have a greater acceptance level within society. This reinforces your belief that you've made a good choice.
Stimulus Control: By controlling those situations that can be controlled, you eliminate the impetus that triggers a negative response. This is clearly recognized as a critical step in what is commonly referred to as "behavior modification." Change, clearly, is behavior modification. Eliminating the "bad" behaviors and replacing them with "good" behaviors is the objective.
Change is not easy. Whether your behavior is new or old, if it's unacceptable, then you have what it takes to make a change: discontent. Whether you find inner strength to make the changes, or need the support of others, you can make it happen. Not only is it all up to you now, but now you understand it always has been.
Go make it happen. Nothing changes¦ if nothing changes.
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