The Behaviour Of Change

Articles for Positive Life Magazine By Avril Ivory 

positive-life-logo-grOn the campaign trail last February, Barack Obama spoke on the issue of change: ‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek’.

spring-2009_pl_web_page_16_image_0001So often, we want to make changes in our lives in relation to health and lifestyle.  We usually know what makes us feel good and what changes we would love to make. Yet often, despite all our good intentions, we cannot effect change. Why? What are the most common barriers to change?

The most common barriers to change are shared amongst us all:
1 Too much stress in our lives.
2 Lack of practice in positive and empowering coping mechanisms.
3 Poor work/life balance, failure to identify our deepest needs.
4 Habitual patterns of emotional response that sabotage us.
5 Lack of belief in our ability to change.
6 Poor goal setting.
7 Lack of support.
8 A negative self-repeating script.

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