The following gleanings are useful thoughts on change from Ed Batitsta‘s post On Change: Inclination, Motivation, Action. This ties in with his previous work on the Influence Pyramid of which many here have found interesting and helpful.
“…I believe that our actions rest on a foundation of inclination and motivation…Here’s what I mean by those terms in the context of a proposed change:
- Am likely to change?
- Am I inclined or not to make this change?
- How does it align with my life and my preferences?
- Why might this process be easy or difficult for me?
- What are my goals?
- What motivates me to make this change?
- What optimal results do I expect?
- What minimal results will I accept?
- What steps will result in forward motion?
- What will encourage me to act?
- How do I move from reflection to action?
- And what will keep me moving ahead?
Here’s a graphic representation:
…1) This model describes the conditions that support sustainable change.
2) The questions that accompany each of the model’s components–inclination, motivation, and action–allow us to determine whether the conditions are right for change and to understand how we might influence those conditions.
3) And if we define sustainable change as ‘influencing ourselves,’ there’s a clear parallel between this model and the Influence Pyramid–food for future thought….”
Of course, many fail to realize that the only person we can really change is ourselves. As we change, we affect those around us and become an influence for change – hopefully positive change.
– Today’s “2 cents worth” from the Lone Wolf