From Tony Schwartz on the HBR Blog: Six Keys to Changing Almost Anything
Everyone knows that change can be hard. Tony Schwartz posits that:
Most of us wildly overvalue our will and discipline. Ingenious research by Roy Baumeister and others has demonstrated that our self-control is a severely limited resource that gets progressively depleted by every act of conscious self-regulation.
In order to make change that lasts, we must rely less on our prefrontal cortex, and more on co-opting the primitive parts of our brain in which habits are formed.
Put simply, the more behaviors are ritualized and routinized — in the form of a deliberate practice — the less energy they require to launch, and the more they recur automatically
Here are Tony’s six keys for change:
- Be Highly Precise and Specific
- Take on one new challenge at a time
- Not too much, not too little
- What we resist persists.
- Competing Commitments
- Keep the faith.
For the full article, and an explanation on each of the six keys, click on the link below: