How many times have you tried to change a habit, only to fall off the “wagon” and revert back to your old ways? If you are like me, you can’t precisely answer this question because you’ve done it too many times to count.
Practically speaking, can a person really form a new habit in only 21 days as we’ve heard from self-help gurus galore? Habits are the routines of life, those things that we do without thinking. In many cases, habits are those things we have done all of our lives. Lasting change requires time, focus and motivation to overcome life long patterns.
As managers and leaders we need to remember that behavior change takes time when we expect change from ourselves or those we lead. Ask any leadership coach you know and they will tell you that it can sometimes take many months for their clients to truly implement permanent change into their lives. While not impossible, change is difficult in our fast-paced culture.
What one thing needs to change in your environment or in you? When you decide what one thing that is, find someone to hold you accountable for the change, be patient with yourselves and others and be sure to connect well with what motivates you. Change is challenging, but possible, even if it might take more than 21 days!
In what ways have you been the most successful with behavior change? What is your experience with those you coach or lead? Please share your thoughts or tips in a comment. We’d love to hear from you!