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How to Get Lasting Results: The 4 Laws of Permanent Change

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Want to create permanent change? Whether you're trying to lose weight or build self-confidence, follow these four rules and you will see results.

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How to Decide What to Do with Your Life

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What an extremely tough thing to figure out: what to do with your future! Now, I can't really know exactly what this young woman should do, but I can share what I've learned looking back on my life, and what I would tell my kids (the oldest is 21 and still figuring things out, but I also have 17- and 16-year-old boys and a 14-year-old girl). Here's what I'd say.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 12, 2014 6:46 PM

When you're young, the world is your oyster and opportunities seem endless, but there can be a lot of pressure to decide on a life path. How do you know what career to pursue and what to do with your future?

Chris Shern's curator insight, June 13, 2014 10:36 AM

I did not know what I wanted to do at 20 and I still don't know at 50, but I am crystal clear on what I don't what to do!

Michael Binzer's curator insight, June 14, 2014 7:08 AM

I got inspirations out of this. Still pondering what to do when I grow up! #inspiration

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When Change is NOT the Right Thing for Business - Harvard Blog Perspective

When Change is NOT the Right Thing for Business - Harvard Blog Perspective | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Ask your customers what they want.
Is constant adaptation always the best policy?Do your customers really want you to change?Will change alienate your base?Will you confuse people?What is the cost?Will the change make you vulnerable?

 

The bottom line:  "Your customers will dictate when and how much to change. Keep asking them what they want (we recommend a formal or informal audit every six months) and keep watching their behavior, since they aren’t always able to articulate their desires. Then change as they do, or just a little bit faster."


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 25, 2014 10:42 AM

This change management perspective is worthy of review for any change leader or facilitator/consultant.  The 5 questions are savvy "change what" questions and highlight that change is driven by staying close to the heart and sensibilities of your customer, even if they cannot articulate what they want.  

Henry Ford said that if he'd listened to his customers, he would have built a faster horse.  However, in one sense, that is exactly what he did.  Then it was up to us to build better roads.

Systems thinking and change, once again.   ~  Deb 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 29, 2014 5:16 PM

The 5 questions are savvy "change what" questions and highlight that change is driven by staying close to the heart and sensibilities of your customer, even if they cannot articulate what they want.  

Henry Ford said that if he'd listened to his customers, he would have built a faster horse.  However, in one sense, that is exactly what he did. Then it was up to us to build better roads.

Systems thinking and change, once again.   ~  Deb 

 

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Change Happens In 5 Stages

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When two psychologists, Carlo DiClemente and James O. Prochaska, studied people who were trying to quit smoking, they discovered five stages that can be used to assess a person’s readiness to make change. Their ideas about the stages of change have been applied to people who are creating a variety of changes in their lives, whether they are looking to establish new behavior or extinguish old habits.

 

Their research has become paramount to the Transtheoretical Model of Change. It shows that trying to force someone to change before he’s ready isn’t likely to be productive. For example, most New Year’s resolutions don’t last because people don’t go through the stages of change. Instead, they try to create change based on a date on the calendar, which may not coincide with a true readiness to transform.


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Why You Can Never Finish Anything And How to Finally Change It

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The law of inertia tells us a body in motion stays in motion. And the same goes for projects, creative ideas, daily tasks, half-written emails, and that thing you stopped working on to read this article. When you interrupt a task, it can be difficult to pick it up again.

 

And we are interrupted nearly every three minutes, according to Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at University of California, Irvine. What's telling is that roughly half those interruptions are self-imposed.

 

The result: When you're working on something without a clear deadline, seeing it through to its end can be a huge challenge.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 4, 2014 5:42 PM

Never finishing what you start is more than a bad habit it stems from fears and hesitations. Here's how to get past the procrastinator's paralysis.

Chris Shern's curator insight, February 5, 2014 7:39 AM

Being a big picture person can be a wonderful quality but you have to be able to "see the trees through the forest" in order to get things done. Find some tricks or useful techniques, whatever it may be find one that works for you.

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How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life

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What do you write down? For most of us, writing consists of emails, task lists, and perhaps the odd work project. However, making time to write down certain things, such as our daily experiences, our goals, and our mental clutter can change the way we live our lives.

 

Here are six different ways that writing things down can change your life, and what you can do to get the most out of each.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 28, 2013 5:25 PM

Writing things down can foster a sense of achievement and progress, expanding our possibilities and increasing our productivity.

Sarah Busse's curator insight, September 28, 2014 7:24 PM

Something to think about.

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Top 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change

Our Stanford team lists common mistakes in trying to change behavior. We'll update this list (or add details) if people want. Let us know. Email -- captology

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David Hain's comment, January 26, 2013 3:59 AM
Great advice here!
Anne Landreat's curator insight, January 26, 2013 12:07 PM

Back to basics

Ricard Lloria's comment, January 27, 2013 11:56 AM
great David!!!Thanks
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6 Ways To Make Your Work More Effective, From Entrepreneurs Who Want To Change The World

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How do we tackle the big complex problems of our time--problems like climate change, poverty, and health care? Increasingly, change-makers realize that there is no silver bullet. There is no one individual, organization or sector that can tackle the enormous challenges we face. Instead, a growing number of pioneers are taking on the actual systems that cause these problems.

 

 


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 6, 2014 6:37 PM

A growing number of entrepreneurs are taking on the underlying systems that are causing the major problems of our time, such as climate change and poverty. What are their strategies

Netwall Expert's curator insight, August 7, 2014 12:51 AM

Very Good artical thanks for a sharing with us.

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Why Taking A Vacation Can Make You Better At Your Job

Why Taking A Vacation Can Make You Better At Your Job | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

A 2014 Oxford Economics Assessment of Paid Time Off in the U.S. showed 42% of employees with paid time off finished the year with unused days, leaving an average of 8.1 days unused.

Small business owners are especially bad at taking time away. According to the 2013 Sage Reinvention of Small Business Study, 43% of small business owners are taking less vacation time than five years ago.

 

The fact that we don't use all of our vacation time isn’t all that surprising. After all, getting away for a few days or weeks can be overwhelming when it feels like stepping away from the office will create a painful backlog of work when you return.

 

But what if stepping away from the daily grind made you better at your job?


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Michael J Rutherford's curator insight, May 23, 2014 9:26 AM

Today's virtual world that works makes it possible for anyone who wants to travel abroad making it a lifestyle...

Heidi Babcock's curator insight, May 23, 2014 11:13 AM

That's what I'm talking about!

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, May 23, 2014 10:32 PM

This is a good one! Nothing like a vacation, a week away from work, with your family or your co-workers. What matters is the change, change of atmosphere, the adventure activities, the star-studded sky above you, and the fresh air you breathe, enough to recharge your batteries, and yes inspire you with new ideas and thoughts!

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How to Change Things When Change is Hard – Carnegie Commons

How to Change Things When Change is Hard – Carnegie Commons | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

Nowhere is the elephant-rider dilemma clearer than in education reform. Policymakers are classic riders, pointing straight ahead and asserting all the while that “this is the right way, the clearest best path … I’ve got this beast under control.” Researchers, too, often act as riders, captivated by their carefully collected data and certain that their objective findings will prove compelling. Meanwhile, educational systems—slow, strong, passionate elephants that they are—plod along, sometimes responding to the switch of the rider and other times arching their backs in resistance. These elephants may try out a few different trails, lumber up a few small hills, but c


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 28, 2014 1:02 AM
Loved this book and also the principles shared. Having traveled the journey of change I know it is not easy. But very worthwhile!
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9 Things Happy, Successful People Choose to Ignore

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The president and co-founder of a local charity that directly cares for homeless people in our area is a 38-year-old musician and tattoo artist who’s covered from head to toe with tattoos and piercings, and has long brown dreadlocks that dangle below his waistline.  He’s been running the charity since he was 20 and has helped hundreds of people get back on their feet, including a woman I know personally who is now a successful entrepreneur.


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Helen Teague's curator insight, February 10, 2014 9:16 PM

My favorite part of the article: "When you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you truly are.  So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you.  You don’t have to be someone else to impress and inspire people.  Let them be impressed and inspired by the real YOU.  Honestly, whatdoes life matter if you lose yourself along the way?  Even your mentors should teach you HOW to think, not WHAT to think.  So if someone – anyone – is belittling your truth, it might be time to turn the other way."

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25 Self-Development Skills To Learn For Free Online This Year

25 Self-Development Skills To Learn For Free Online This Year | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

The New Year is often a time when people attempt to give up bad habits via New Year’s Resolutions – only to break them shortly after. In general, it’s better to make small improvements to your lifestyle one at a time, rather than trying to cut out several bad habits at once.

 

A good CV can make all the difference between landing an interview for that dream job, and being passed over. Therefore, it can pay to sharpen up your CV writing skills, giving you a better chance to make a good first impression.


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Carlos Polaino Jiménez's curator insight, January 17, 2014 9:42 AM

Una gran ayuda para el desarrollo personal, para los que creemos que hay que crecer todos los días. Aprovechad.

Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's comment, January 17, 2014 11:10 AM
This post would have been much more helpful if it provided access to the free online training it's promoting.
santina kerslake's curator insight, January 17, 2014 11:31 AM

If we always learn something new we will always be fresh.

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The Transition Between Wanting Change and Making it Real

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The first two years working towards my dreams were done without having a clear set of goals and actions, other than just getting online and making things happen.

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craig daniels's curator insight, October 20, 2013 12:13 PM

Many of us just keep smashing our heads into the wall by forging ahead without a plan.


Justin Harmon writes a compeling piece about his journey to find success in work and with family and friends. It's just too easy to pick one or the other by ignoring our need for balance.


So he started his change by taking 15 minutes every evening to write down the tasks he would do the following day, and he held himself accountable for those tasks. He took the first steps on his new path.