Saturday Share with AChuckAllenMost Saturdays I enjoy sharing an article from another writer. This week, I want to introduce you to Leon Ho.
Leon is the Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he started in 2005 as a way to share his personal productivity hacks to make life easier. Since then, he has grown Lifehack into one of the most read productivity, health and lifestyle websites in the world – with over 12 million monthly readers. He has been listed as Business Week’s #4 “Top 24 Young Asian Entrepreneurs”, and with over 30,000 articles published at Lifehack, is now widely recognized as a productivity and management expert through his pioneering work at discovering, applying and spreading the secrets of personal development to the world.Enjoy this week’s Saturday Share:
It’s true that real change can be hard. But all change isn’t equal.
Do you ever wonder:
• Why it’s so easy for some people to take the leap and make changes, while it’s so difficult for others? Or,
• Why it seems like some habits are easier to break (or start), while other habits are much harder?
If you can answer this question with clarity, you have the power to make or break almost any habit.
I’m going to show you how, right now.
The key is to understand a concept called the States of Change Model. The truth is that everyone is in various degrees of readiness for change at any one time. For example, you might be incredibly prepared to change your hairstyle tomorrow, but at the same time be hard set on having at least 3 coffee breaks a day. You are in a different State of Change for each of them. The States of Change Model identifies 6 distinct stages of change, which each stage following the previous one. Sort of like a flow.
For example, your hairstyle decision would fall under the “Action” state, but your coffee break habits falls under the “Precontemplation” state.
So if I was your hairstylist, it would be a breeze for me to get you to take action on your hairstyle. You would probably volunteer and ask me to do it yourself! On the other hand, if I told you to drink tea instead of coffee… that would be very difficult. You’re in the wrong State and not ready to change.
What this means is, there’s no point in jumping stages. Change needs momentum.
That’s why it’s so hard for you to just push and force a change. And that’s also why you shouldn’t compare to someone else – because everyone is at a different stage!
Now imagine if…
You know which State of Change you are in right now for a certain habit. And you know what the next stage is. You can take active control! You can now be in the driver’s seat to lead your own behavior, and consciously push yourself into the next stage, and then the next stage after that. Eventually, you will get a to the stage of readiness where it’s easy to change.
So if you want to get the momentum going, find out which State of Change you’re in right now, and which stage you should move towards next.
I wrote an in-depth article about it here:
I truly hope that this little bit of self-insight can arm you with another tool to make a breakthrough!
I would love to hear your feedback on this. Any suggestions, comments, requests, or even sharing how these effect your everyday experiences is most welcome.
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