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Five Tips for Effective Change

teacher avatar Gwen Rogers, Change Enthusiast and Writer

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7 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro to Five Tips

    • 2. Tip 1 Know Your Why

    • 3. Tip 2 Know Yourself

    • 4. Tip 3 Plan Milestones and Celebrate

    • 5. Tip 4 Be Humble

    • 6. Tip 5 Keep Going

    • 7. Conclusion

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Are you experiencing change? Whether it is a new career, a new workout regimen, or a new relationship, change can be tricky to navigate. This course provides five easy tips to have you on your way to a successful change. Change may be hard, but we can do hard things when we have the right tools and the right mindset.Ā 

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Gwen Rogers

Change Enthusiast and Writer


Hello, I'm Gwen. 

I led transformations for organizations through coaching, communications, and training while obtaining my Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. My greatest joy is helping others recognize their potential and opening the door to possibilities in their lives. I enjoy reading, nutrition, fitness, and ukulele-playing.

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1. Intro to Five Tips: Hello everyone. I am so glad you're here. This course is about five tips for effective change. I know that we are all going through changes all the time and change isn't easy. It hits us from every angle, whether the personal, professional, whether we've chosen the change, or the change has been chosen for us. It is something that we have to navigate on a regular basis. My name is Gwen Rogers and I have spent my career focused on helping individuals unlock their potential in a professional setting and navigate the changes that come their way. I have a master's in organizational leadership and I'm a Prosci certified change practitioner. Today's tips will help you figure out how to unlock your potential. And I can't wait to get started. Let's dive in. 2. Tip 1 Know Your Why: Okay, time for Tip number one. So first and foremost, you must know your why. I know this seems like Of course, of course I know why I'm going through the change that I'm going through. But let me give you a common example. So I know many people and I'm sure you do too, who are focused on making a change regarding their health, fitness, wellness, right? The common problem in our society where an individual decides that, Hey, maybe it's a New Year's resolution, time to make a change. And they may say to me, Gwen, I want to exercise or eat better, so that I can be healthier. So that I can be healthier. Now, I want to ask someone who maybe is thinking in those terms, what is the deeper, why? What does being healthier afford you? What does that give you in your life? And for whatever change you may be making, maybe it's similar to this. I would ask you to really think deeply about the more intangible why, the emotional why. What are the things that pull at your heartstrings that help you to recognize that this is more important than the alternative. So in that situation, perhaps that individual wants to be healthier so that they have a long healthy life where they can play with their grandchildren. Maybe it so that they can tackle a challenge. Maybe they wanted to go on a long hike or do something that was more of, more true to their values. So thinking about the why doesn't mean just thinking about that surface level why. One tactic that you can use to uncover your why is to use the five whys method. This is actually used in root cause analysis where individuals try to determine why did something happen. Maybe a system stopped working or an assembly line failed in that situation, we start at the top with what we know and we ask why. And we keep asking until we get deep enough to a level that there's no additional information to uncover. So if you're struggling to come up with your deeper why that true intangible emotional why that will get you through this change. I encourage you to ask yourself why, and then ask yourself why again, until you get all the way down to that internal level that you can't deny. That really speaks to your heart and encourages you to make the change in a sustainable way. It will be the compass, it will be the destination that you are striving for, and that why will keep you focused. And that's an important part of change because we are going to be challenged and as we learn in the future tips today, when you get challenged, when you find yourself facing resistance or turmoil or old behaviors that just won't go away. It's time to remember your why. So I encourage you to think not just about that surface level, why they're really uncover what will make it in undeniable for you to continue your journey. 3. Tip 2 Know Yourself: Now we're on to tip number two. Know yourself. So in know your why, I touched a little bit on your values. When we think about how you have to know yourself, times of change are going to call into question your sense of identity. Are you still at your core, who you want to be as you're going through a transformation. And I want the answer to that to be yes. So you have to know what are your core values? What are the things that really drive you? What motivates you? Because those are going to be essential in determining the right ways for you to develop habits that align with your sense of identity and with the change that you're making. It's also important that you understand your own key behaviors. What are the things that you do today that either enable the change that you're seeking or maybe they hinder the change that you're seeking. And what can you do about the ones that hinder your change to adjust and adapt? One thing that may help in this situation are called action triggers. So an action trigger is something that you do on a regular basis That's going to trigger you as a reminder, to do the new thing. So to conduct your new behavior, whatever that may be. So in the event of working out, because it's always the easiest one to give examples that everyone understands. Maybe you want to start running first thing in the morning. So upon waking up, you have your running shoes right next to your bed. That is a trigger. You wake up and you see your running shoes right there available to you, and it's the first thing you do. So as you start to uncover your path to change, it's important to understand yourself and what the things are that are going to set you up for success. A personal example I have is a terrible attempt at taking vitamins and supplements. And I couldn't figure out what is it that keeps getting in my way. And at the time I had all these bottles in my kitchen cabinet with individual different vitamins. One might be a multivitamin, maybe I was taking some vitamin C, fish oil, you know, a full suite of vitamins. But something always stopped me. I had great intentions. I would start the day thinking that I would take all of these vitamins. But it really took time to open up each of these individual bottles to remember to go to the kitchen. I had nothing else that drew me to that cabinet to remind me to take those supplements. And so I started to really think about what is my barrier, what is my current behavior and what is my barrier for making this change? Lo and behold, I switch, to vitamins that come in a packet, all the same things that I was attempting to take before. And I will leave them in a basket on my night stand. And I take it as soon as I wake up. And now I don't have to think twice about it upon waking, what do I do? I have water and vitamins, I take it right then. So start thinking about what your barriers look like. What are your behaviors and habits? How do they support or detract from your change? And what can you do to set yourself up for success. 4. Tip 3 Plan Milestones and Celebrate: Things start to get fun with tip number three. So in change. It's important to have milestones that we can celebrate. So as you're thinking about a large change, how can we break that down into small wins? This comes from a concept written by John Kotter in his book Leading Change. Where we can't just expect these milestones to occur and be able to build momentum in our organizational change or individual change, we have to deliberately planned for them. As you're thinking about your big transformation, you're big change, whether it's personal or professional. How can you, at the beginning, think about what are the milestones that you can conquer in shorter timeframes that are going to make you feel successful, that are going to give you the opportunity to celebrate that you are moving in the right direction and forever changed. This looks a little different, right? It depends on the direction that you're going. It depends a little bit on your why and the destination that you've set for yourself. It depends on your behaviors. What are you attempting to really change in a day-to-day basis? How will you know you've started to build a new habit? How will you see small indications that you are moving in that direction? So we want to think about those milestones in advance and plan for them. And we want to celebrate those different achievements as we reach them. It's important that our celebrations don't detract from our goal. So often we see individuals that will be dieting and their celebration will be like a splurge meal, right? But that actually is counterproductive to the goal that you're seeking. Let's celebrate with the same intention that we're moving towards our transformation with. Let's make sure that that sense of identity, we've decided we know ourselves and we have determined that this change aligns with the deep rooted who we are. We have a very important, meaningful why. And we want to make sure that as we celebrate, our milestones were staying true to all of those things that we're living our truth in this change. And so making sure that our celebrations match with our ultimate goals. But they still make us feel as though we are achieving something important that we're moving in the right direction. Often in this particular tip, it's important to have people in your life that can hold you accountable. Maybe you let others know of your milestones. You make sure that your support system is aware of what you're seeking and they can celebrate with you. I never want to dismiss how important the words of the ones we care about really are. And so when I have someone in my life, in my support system that recognizes how hard I'm working and recognizes that a small win is actually very important to me. They're words of encouragement, they're words of affirmation can be an incredible way to celebrate the achievements that we are reaching on the way to our goals. So plan for your milestones. Know what those small wins look like, and then decide how will you celebrate with yourself with good self-talk and good self affirmations with things that are authentic to the change that you're making and with others that care about you and want to support you through the change. 5. Tip 4 Be Humble: Remember in the introduction when I mentioned that change is hard. Well, one of the reasons change is hard is that it forces us back to the beginning. It forces us to be beginners to potentially need to learn, to adapt, to identify new skills and grow those new skills. And because of that, tip number four is to be humble. To find it in yourself to recognize that it's okay that you don't know all of the answers. It's okay if you stumble and have to get back on track. So humility during change allows us to have perspective. It allows us to think more clearly and identify that this isn't just about me failing. It isn't about me stumbling. It's about me identifying that I need to course correct. I need to change direction. I need to learn something I didn't know before. Many times, change requires new skills and identifying tools for success. As you are on the road to your goal, you may identify that you were lacking in one of those areas. You didn't have the tool that you needed. That is, ok, be humble, except that it is not about perfection, it is about progress. And find your way back to your path. Develop that skill, find that tool. Identify a new method for reaching your goals, but don't give up and don't shame yourself. Identify that you are going through something bigger than yourself, and that your ability to be humble, to be willing to learn and adapt and adjust is part of your road to success and will help you find your way to effective change. 6. Tip 5 Keep Going: We've made it to tip number five. So this one is going to challenge you, I'm going to remind you, do not stop, don't give up. Tip number five is to keep going. Change is inherently hard. Throughout change, you are going to experience different emotions. You may feel a loss of control. You may feel a lack of confidence as you learn new skills. As you go through this, it's important to remember the stake in the ground that you put in way back at tip number one, your why, that is your focus, that is your center. Anytime you are faced with doubt or a roadblock or a new barrier, you go back to your why and remind yourself of how important this change is in order to achieve that why, to achieve that purpose. And so it may sound silly for me after going through all of these tips to simply tell you not to stop, that there will be a moment when you will be challenged enough that it will be in your mind, then maybe this change isn't for you. But change takes time. Change is hard. We are creatures of habit, but we are also resilient. And as you've finished this course today, I want to remind you of your resilience to take the time to always remember your why and to keep going. Good luck. 7. Conclusion: You've made it to the end of the course. So let's recap. Tip number one. Know your why that deep why, that meaningful why Tip number to know yourself. Take the time to recognize your sense of identity, your values, and your behaviors that are going to help you get through this change successfully. Tip number three, plan your milestones and celebrate them. Get others involved with that celebration and make sure that it's authentic to the change that you're making. Tip number four, be humble, be willing to learn except what you do not know and find ways to be a beginner and be okay with that. And finally, tip number five, don't give up, keep going. You are resilient and you can do this. In the project resources. You will find some articles about the five whys to help you make sure that you've got a true enough why To make sure that you are centered for your change. And you may find some other articles for me regarding how to successfully make a change. I wish you the best of luck as you go through your transformation. I know you can do it.