Your Ticket To Change
“Acceptance of prevailing standards
What Does It Take?
For most of us, the ticket to positive change is some amount of pain or dissatisfaction with the status quo. The degree of pain that precedes taking action will influence whether we consider that change to be proactive or reactive — a change initiated by choice or due to necessity.
What is the threshold of discomfort that it takes to motivate you to make a change for the better?
Your Own Traffic Signal
My friend, Mike, a healthcare executive with a proclivity toward outspokenness, commented to me that this trait of his was an asset yet also a liability that at times found him on the edge of a corporate cliff, flapping precariously. What helped him adapt his behavior more advantageously was outlining the signs of what we named “red flag situations” vs. “yellow flag situations”.
A similar metaphor can be applied as you consider your personal threshold for change. If a red light signals an urgent scenario where change is an uncomfortable necessity and a green light represents a more relaxed and confident kind of change, then yellow becomes the optimal combination of discomfort/comfort that can produce great outcomes.
Here are some examples from real people:
Lower Your Threshold, Raise Your Standard
Lowering your personal threshold of discomfort does not require you to adopt a hair-trigger reaction time or to dwell on your discontent. You can be appreciative of all you have in the very moment of raising your standards.
This Week’s Call to Action:
“Any time you sincerely want to
make a change,
Here's to you,