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The Four C’s of Creating Change Successfully

The 4 Cs of Creating Change Successfully. Creating change successfully can feel like a struggle.

When that happens, you can end up feeling stuck and overwhelmed. That can sabotage your progress and results.

At times like that, it is useful to focus on things that will help you set yourself up to succeed with creating change successfully.

Here are four things to focus on:

The Four C’s of Creating Change Successfully

1. Clarity

Without clarity, the change you want to create is at risk before your start.

Here’s why:

If your ideas and plans about the changes you want to create are vague, it is very difficult to create specific, meaningful action plans to create tangible results.

On the other hand, having clarity supports you in mapping out a clear way forward with specific action plans that will deliver specific results.

Make getting clarity a top priority. Use it to drive the creation of clear and specific action plans that deliver specific results.

2. Consistency

Consistency is to change what oxygen is to life.

Just as we can’t survive without oxygen, the change you want to create can’t survive without consistent focus and action.

Identify and put in place the things that will support you in being consistent with your actions and behaviour.

Consider things like habits to form, boundaries to set, distractions to remove, procedures to set up, support you need etc.

Set targets and standards to hold yourself to. Measure and review your progress regularly.

3. Confidence

No amount of clarity, goals, planning or action plans is going to create the change you want to achieve successfully if you lack confidence to move forward and take action.

Lack of confidence can keep you stuck.

Having said that, you don’t have to be busting with confidence before you start.

Just taking the first step can be a massive confidence boost. Then you take the next step, then the next and just keep going. This can help you to grow your confidence cumulatively as you move forward.

It is important to commit to learn skills and techniques to be more confident in any situation. But don’t overlook the amount of confidence you can build from just getting into action and taking the first steps.

4. Courage

Creating change can trigger fear, uncertainty and feelings of discomfort.

The challenge is to not let those things stop you or hold you back. If you do, you are in danger of staying stuck and not achieving the change you want to create.

It helps to focus on fostering courage. Here’s why:

It takes courage to challenge your status quo. It takes courage to step outside your comfort zone. It takes courage to stare your fears in the face and say “you are not holding me back.”

Courage doesn’t grow by avoidance of what scares you. It grows by taking action in the face of those things and moving forward despite them. Face your feelings of fear, uncertainty and discomfort head on and take action to deal with them.

Courage is like a muscle – the more you use it the fitter, stronger and easier it gets to use it effectively, especially during times of change.

As you think about these four focus areas, what could you do to take each one to the next level to set yourself up to succeed in creating change successfully?

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  • Consistency. It’s making small changes over time that changes our lives. I’ve had to learn this one, but it’s made a big difference for me!

  • Yes indeed, having that awareness is a game changer and makes a massive difference.

  • Michelle

    I needed this today. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • This spoke to me so much. I’ve been working this year on making changes, but I seem to get bogged down in the crazy busy, but not getting anything accomplished. I keep re-reading that post and took some notes on this one. Thanks Ali bringing the most important things to our attention. Sometimes you can’t seem to see the trees for the forest and you always help to clarify what’s important for success.

  • Delighted you found it useful Michelle.

  • Rena, I think when we keep focussed on what really matters most it helps us avoid a lot of busyness and distractions. It also helps us to manage ourselves better too.

  • Shari Broder

    This is so true! As a weight loss coach, I work with so many people who want to lose weight, but aren’t clear about WHY. Then going through the rest of your steps is so important, too. I will share this!

  • Shari, I agree. Getting clear on the “why” helps with keeping going, especially when the going gets tough.

  • Glenda Harrison

    You nailed it, Ali! And boy is Clarity important. Once you become clear on what you what to change, or where you want to go, it does become a road map…specific, clear, directional.

  • Yes indeed. Clarity makes a huge difference, in many ways and on many different levels.

  • Marie Mack

    This is so true! I love that you included a point on measuring your progress. Sometimes we feel like we haven’t made any at all, but when we can compare and see that we truly have it is a wonderful boost!

  • Marie, I am a firm believer in measruing progress and celebrating wins, no matter how small they are because staring at the top of the mountian all the time can be demotivating when you don’t stop and look at how far you have already come.

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