I’m following the social media on the bold decisions our economical and political leaders are making at present and I’m really interested on the drivers behind their behavior. The real question I’m asking here is;
How many of us know people who have trouble stopping behaviors that are causing physical or emotional harm to other people? How many of us are those people?
In the latest book of Francois van Niekerk, “Doing business with purpose; Beyond success to significance” 2016, he stated;
“It is a privilege to live. To experience the way life presents us mere mortals with a kaleidoscope of options, facets and possibilities. These can be overwhelming until we understand some of the basics – and this typically later in life on looking back, when we develop the need to be of service to the next generation”
If you or someone you know is struggling to make positive change in life, you may want to pick up James and Janice Prochaska’s new book, Changing to Thrive. James and Janice Prochaska—both experts in health behavior change—have written a compassionate and informative book for helping people move from being uncommitted to making change all the way to taking action for change and beyond.
The main problem with our current models of change, Proschaska argues, is that too many professionals ignore the emotional and psychological barriers to change. They assume that if someone is not ready to take action, that they are immune to programs aimed at helping them.
“However, our research showed us that it was the health professionals who were not ready for the pre-contemplators”.
Prochaska et al, suggest that therapy should address the reasons people avoid committing to change on a head-on fashion:
- The process is not an all-or-none program, and there are setbacks;
- Clients are demoralized, often because of repeated failures that make them feel stuck;
- They are too busy defending their behavior, by denying it’s a problem, rationalizing behavior or withdrawing into a protective stance, or they are lashing out at others.
All of these barriers, can lead to stagnation; so it’s important to know how to address them before pressing people to take action. Instead of berating people, accusing them of personality defects, or scaring them with statistics, it’s more effective to show understanding and to give them information and hope.
More on Habits, Goals, and Change
The iALA adventure packed GAP YEAR are all about;
Providing innovative and more effective solutions for old problems is the best way to generate hope for young adults. This is a learning curve for us as well as for our students, to understand and apply the methodology of behavioral change for every individual that steps through our doors.
The process is non-linear and people encounter psychological barriers—like fear of failure, doubt about the effectiveness of programs, worry about finding the perfect route to change, or the desire for certainty—that keep them from moving forward. Normalizing these reactions to change, giving people ways to reframe fears and disappointments, and providing skills for handling distress are paramount for helping people overcome these barriers.
Other barriers to change include the serious concerns some people have about the consequences of changing. These barriers we typically define as adventure. It is therefore important to see our adventure activities for what it is;
“The ideal stimulus for change”
So, see you out there in our lecture room, the great outdoors!