Most people talk about what is wrong in their lives or what they want to change, but they're not ready to try when there is a solution or process for change. The hardest part of change is taking the first step toward it. In my coaching practice, I use the acronym A-D-A-P-T as the process to create sustainable habit change.
Awareness + Desire + Action + Perseverance + Time = Sustainable Habit Change
We express our awareness of what needs to change in our lives, and then we build desire toward the change process. Building desire and acting are the two hardest parts of the journey because if someone doesn’t want to change, they won’t. And to act, you need something in you that pushes you to be bold, brave, and believe that change is possible. Unfortunately, however, we become complacent and satisfied with our current situation and won’t step out of our comfort zone for change.
Nevertheless, look at the many success stories of people following their dreams, and they created something out of nothing with only drive and determination. And no, they aren’t all millionaires or geniuses, but they’re doing what they love, and though it is hard work, they’re fulfilled and at peace. Desire is “a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.” It has always been said that your desire for change must be greater than your desire to remain the same. True and easy. To reach new heights, we must come out of our comfort zone, fail, and learn and grow, or succeed and learn and grow. The simple truth.
It didn’t take us a short time to create these behaviors and habits, so it will take time to make impactful, sustainable new behaviors. Perseverance is “the persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” I understand that change can be terrifying for many and managing change even more so. However, we owe it to ourselves to find opportunities for change when it impacts our goals and the people we invest in.
I challenge you today to visualize what you want to change and create actions toward your goal. You can review what you’ve accomplished each day or week via journaling or working with a life coach or accountability partner. This enables you to be present in the here and now, focused on what each day tells you about yourself. This process will be new for some of you, so don’t be hard on yourselves. You need to accept where you are, acknowledging your worth and your areas of growth.
We must shift our thinking onto what makes us unique and learn to frame and believe in that purpose. This moves our fear to power and our power to a purpose-filled and driven life.
The journey starts with a single step!
Have a wonderful day.
Your Positive Advancement Family