Why Change Is Hard To Do.
I think most people by now have figured out
that making a change is hard. It seems reasonable that if I want to
change my results–say lose that last stubborn 10 pounds or earn that last
stubborn $100K–I need to do something differently. My results are a
derivative of my habits: spending habits, selling habits, eating habits, exercising
habits. These are hard to change because, well, they're habits. My behaviors
are frozen in place by a complex web of emotions. And will power is at
best a short-term solution. Even though I know what I should be doing, I
don't always know why I'm not doing it. Just do it? A nice
sentiment but not very useful. I think Gandhi had it right when he
suggested that we be the change we want to see in the world. Being before
feeling. Feeling before doing. Doing before getting. So here
is a great clue to what the key to the change is: what trait do I most
admire in other people? For me, it's passion. When I'm passionate,
I'm not over-eating, over-spending, under-selling and under-exercizing.
I've been studying passionate people for a few months now. They
tend to do what they love and that energy is so enticing that it spreads and
other people want a piece of it, ie, customers bringing money. They also
tend to keep active doing what they love and they seem to stay fit and healthy
as a result. And because they feel so great about themselves they don't
need comfort spending and comfort eating and comfort
laying-around-watching-television. Passion. It works.