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9 Mistakes People Make When Creating Change

mistakes people make when creating changeIf you want to create change in your life or work it is useful to be aware of common mistakes that many people make, so that you can avoid them.

It will help you to be proactive with putting things in place that will set you up to succeed with the change that you wish to create.

To help you with that, here are:

9 Mistakes People Make When Creating Change

1. Trying to change too much at once

This is a recipe of disaster! Plus it increases stress and overwhelm. You are more likely to succeed with the changes you want to create if you phase them. Create a strong action plan broken down into small, manageable chunks. Step by step is the way to go!

2. Not simplifying their commitments and schedule

If your schedule is already packed with commitments and you are constantly busy, then it is going to be very hard for you to commit the necessary, time, attention, energy and effort to create change successfully. Simplify your commitments and schedule like crazy.

3. Not working on personal development and personal effectiveness.

In order to achieve desired changes you often need to upgrade your mindset, thought patterns, habits and aspects of your personal effectiveness. So working on your own personal development is an important part of creating change that lasts.

4. Not creating enough reserves

Creating change often requires more reserves than you think. What I mean by reserves are things like reserves of money, support, energy, time, planning, contingencies etc. Having sufficient reserves will help you navigate the change process much more smoothly. Make identifying and building reserves a part of your planning.

5. Asking the wrong people for advice

Whilst it might be useful to hear the opinions and ideas of family, friends and colleagues, you need to think about if they are the right person to advise you on that subject. For example, do they have experience of the change you want to create or are an expert in that field? Always ask yourself if the person you are listening to is qualified to advise you on the change you are making. Choose wisely who you listen to. Read this for more on this subject -> Be Careful Who You Listen To. 

6. Don’t factor in learning and education

People often launch into creating change without working out what they need to learn or what new skills would help set them up to succeed. Big mistake! This one thing could be the difference between achieving your desired outcomes or not.

7. Not creating a support network

As you navigate the path of change having the right support around you is invaluable. Folks who can be a sounding board, an accountability partner, or even motivation and morale if the going gets tough.

8. Not seeking expert help

It can take you weeks, months and even years to struggle through creating change if it is something you have never done before or not in your skill set. Seeking out expert help can really speed up the process of change and avoid wasting time and effort figuring it all out on your own.

9. Don’t take care of themselves

Research shows that people who prioritise their health and wellbeing are more effective. As creating change depends on your personal effectiveness, neglecting this area is a big mistake. Get this to the top of the priority list. It makes a big difference in many ways and on many different levels.

Use this list as a checklist to put things in place to set yourself up to succeed with the change you wish to create and to avoid making these common mistakes.

What other mistakes would you add to this list?

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  • Marie Mack

    These are all such great reminders. Like you mentioned, I think that trying to change too many things at once may not succeed and that a major change usually needs to be broken down into more attainable steps.

  • Hi Marie, so glad you liked it. Yes, small steps taking consistently and persistently is the way to go.

  • I always make mistake number 2. I want change, but I don’t want to give up anything!

  • Hi Joy, that is a great reminder that it all boils down to choice!!! Choose change or choose the status quo.

  • change is such a complex issue and so easy to underestimate its impact on our lives. I love these pointers because they are about protecting yourself in the process and that’s so important.

  • I agree that health must come first so you have the stamina for the hard work of change. Thanks for the tips.

  • Hi Leanne, spot on – it is all about protecting yourself and setting yourself up to succeed.

  • Hi Shari, I am a big believer that health should always be our top priority. Every area of our life, work and relationships benefit when it is.

  • These are all so on target, especially simplifying. And taking care of ourselves. Yep.

  • These are all great points for personal and business! I like #5 because everyone from the most successful to the biggest looser have their opinion they want to tell you about and it must all be put into perspective!

  • Absolutely. There are massive benefits to simplifying and self care.

  • No.5 is one very close to my heart too!

  • I have made so many of these mistakes over the years. Great tips and advice Ali!

  • Hi Rena, glad you found them useful.

  • This is a fantastic list! I read it twice………so I remember these great tips!

  • Thanks Ellen. Delighted you got value from this.

  • Glenda Harrison

    Always on point, Ali. Number 5 is crucial. When I made a change, it was important for me to separate from toxic people.

  • Hi Glenda, can totally relate to what you are saying. So many benefits on so many levels to either putting in strong boundaries around certain people or stepping away totally.

  • Martin Haworth

    Realising that the choice is theirs to make, and probably not at all to be influenced by anyone or anything else…

  • Hi Martin, yes indeed. There is always choice in any given situation. Good point.