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How to make a Switch

How to make a Switch
"Switch" asks the following question: Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle, say the Heaths, is a conflict that’s built into our brains.

Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind - that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort - but if it is overcome, change can come quickly.

For things to change, somebody somewhere has to start acting differently. Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s your team. Picture that person (or people). Each has an emotional Elephant side and a rational Rider side. You’ve got to reach both. And you’ve also got to clear the way for them to succeed.

In short, you must do three things:

1. DIRECT the Rider.
FOLLOW THE BRIGHT SPOTS.
Investigate what’s working and clone it.
SCRIPT THE CRITICAL MOVES.
Don’t think big picture, think in terms of specific behaviors.
POINT TO THE DESTINATION.
Change is easier when you know where you’re going and why it’s worth it.

2. MOTIVATE the Elephant.
FIND THE FEELING.
Knowing something isn’t enough to cause change. Make people feel something.
SHRINK THE CHANGE.
Break down the change until it no longer spooks the Elephant.
GROW YOUR PEOPLE.
Cultivate a sense of identity and instill the growth mindset.

3. SHAPE the Path.
TWEAK THE ENVIRONMENT.
When the situation changes, the behavior changes. So change the situation.
BUILD HABITS.
When behavior is habitual, it’s “free” — it doesn’t tax the Rider. Look for ways to encourage habits.
RALLY THE HERD.
Behavior is contagious. Help it spread.

I found this article, from the Heath Brothers, Chip and Dan. This is just a preview from their book "Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard". I know change is hard, i know you (as i have) will find it hard in the begining, but trust me it will get messy in the middle and in the end it will make you feel so good that it will surely worth the time! Make the switch and change your life.

With Love and Respect,
Anastasios Schinas.

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