Lose weight. Get fit. Make more money.
It does not inspire action.
Inspiration is what we should be after – not motivation…even the word motivation sounds like you have to push yourself.
Inspiration however is what propels you out of bed in the morning into action. So how do we get inspired?
I use a technique which is outlined in the Prosci change management methodology called the 4 Ps. The key is the P which represents Purpose – why are we changing. This is where our inspiration can bloom from.
So often when we set our goals for the year we completely forget about why we are doing them in the first place. That is when we drop off on effort and fail. Our purpose gives us the big picture and if we are falling down in some areas of meeting the goal we tend to automatically aim to seek a solution…a tweak to what we are doing so we can achieve it.
Choose one thing that you would like to change in the coming 3, 6 or 12 months and set about writing down why you truly want to change, plan the detail and set about achieving it.
Do it with purpose!
I have been hit over the head with my weekly discovery this week: take better care of yourself.
Change management can be draining. The energy we give to others is tremendous and often it is not reciprocated – it is seen as ‘that’s our job’.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is taking care of you! You have to replenish your bucket: it is all too often that we realise this when it is too late.
I think one of the most important things in change is to have unbridled passion and drive which can be injected into the change. Enthusiasm and passion is contagious. If you are drained and have nothing left in your ‘energy bucket’ that is also contagious – and we don’t want people catching that!
So what do we do? The basics – no cost version: Meditate, eat well, get enough sleep, get help if needed!
The more expensive version: have a holiday, get regular massages, go on a retreat.
Make your own list and then plan to do one thing. It takes a long time to recover when you have drained your bucket: take action now and often…you (and the people you work) with will not regret that you did!
The year is almost finished – can you believe it???!
In this month of celebrations let’s think about celebrating what makes us different.
I love difference – it can be liberating, exciting and difficult, yet it is what makes what we do unique. It should be viewed that difference is not right or wrong – it just is – and should be seen as being beautiful.
Change management is becoming an area where you can now do formal training or be ‘certified’ – moving towards formal recognition and an element of control over the industry (if done well) is great. But what I want to celebrate here is the difference that change manager/change agents make at the coal face.
Some of those unique aspects are:
- We relate to people each in our own way
- We follow the methodology that we have been exposed to and the difference in that methodology from another is not important
- We make a difference to others in our own way
- We display our passion for change in our own way.
I am sure that you can think of other reasons to celebrate our differences. I hope we never stifle what makes us different and unique.
Celebrate you today…