Overturning Your ‘Immunity to Change’™
Let’s face it. No matter how much we may want or even need it, change is hard. Research suggests that lack of discipline, motivation or will power, lack of felt results, or even a sense of inherent inability to reverse old habits are all poor explanations for a failure to make and sustain change. If it was as easy as “just try harder” or “stop it,” you wouldn’t be reading this right now.
In a recent study, a group of heart doctors told their high-risk patients that they would die if they didn’t change their behavior (smoking, diet, exercise, etc.). Only 1 in 7 of the patients in this study actually made permanent changes to their lifestyles. Surely, this wasn’t a matter of lack of will power or desire. These patients’ actual lives were at stake, and yet they were unable to stick to the changes required to save them.