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Is Change Hard?
Written by Steve | Published: |
I grew up listening to a lot of personal development type audios. My dad loved it and it really grew on me.
One of things that sent me through a mental tailspin is a conversation that I had with a well known ‘guru’ at a live event.
I will have them remain nameless at this point.
In the conversation the ‘guru’ stated that the only thing they know for sure after doing this 30+ years is that people don’t change.
As they said this I was shocked…
If people don’t change then what is the point of them writing books, traveling the world and going on stages and in front of cameras?
Furthermore, was there any hope for you and me to become smarter, healthier, wealthier…?
After I thought about this for a bit I came to a couple of realizations.
First, I think that comment was a voice of frustration, but seemed accurate. I would correct that statement to say MOST people don’t change.
Second, I think we all underestimate how simple change can be if you set up the correct process.
Most of the personal development gurus out there make fun of New Year’s resolutions.
And it is for good reason, most people set ridiculous resolutions that will not last and give up after 2-3 weeks.
There is a reason the gyms are full of people from January 1st until January 20th.
Here’s an example of a resolution that you could make happen. Let’s say that you are a self proclaimed coffee junky and are having 3-4 cups a day.
To set a New Year’s resolution to go cold turkey to only drink water you are most likely setting yourself up for failure.
Instead of focusing on the end goal and trying to jump there overnight, what if a systematic process was set up for you to succeed.
Week 1 – Limit coffee to 3 cups a day instead of 4
Week 2 – Stay at 3 cups a day but do a 75/25 blend of regular and decaf
Week 3 – Decrease to 2 cups a day
Week 4 – Stay at 2 cups a day and go to 50/50 regular/decaf blend
You get my over simplified point.
I think that the reason why most people don’t change is because they think of the whole process in one giant step and it is overwhelming and unrealistic.
But what if you wanted to grow wealthy but you are currently only following the mainstream suggested processes i.e. 401k 60/40 split while keeping all of your money at risk hoping for a big market run up one day.
How do you go from this situation to having more cash flow then you know what to do with.
It’s a process…
And it is what we do with our clients day in and day out.
Although it has been a challenging year for many, I believe there are many opportunities for those that are willing to take this time and challenge themselves and their way of looking at the world.