The Five Principles of Change
Change can be difficult to do on your own which is why many seek the help of a professional. Even so, there comes a time when you are left to your own devices and so the following principles will help you stay on track. Whenever you are at a choice-point (problem, or non-problem behaviour – ie have another drink or say no / eat the cake or choose an apple / procrastinate or do it now), go through these five principles of change before you finally decide:
You Have One Life
You get to choose whether you fulfil your potential and your goals or whether you live with regrets and if-only’s.
You Have Free-Will and Response-Ability
You are not hostage to your habits, desires or excuses – you have the power of choice and are able to choose your responses in any given situation.
The Most Important Thing you Ever Do is Decide What’s Important
This is usually a battle between short-term pleasure and long-term goals. But, in choosing short-term pleasure it is often at the cost of your long-term goals.
All Choices Have Consequences
Be honest with yourself about the consequences of your choices before making your decision.
You are Either Moving Towards or Away From Your Goals
Do you want to set yourself back or move yourself forward?
Whenever you are at a choice-point, go through the principles, one at a time. It will almost certainly help you make the “right” choice: towards the change you want. It will empower you and create change-supportive habits.
Of course, if you need additional help, I am here to support you. Get in touch to find out how.
© Tricia Woolfrey 2013
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