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The most important question to ask yourself to create change successfully

When people decide to create change in any area of their life they often start by asking themselves this question:

“What do I need to do?”

They then proceed to come up with a long lists of tasks to complete.

This seems like a good starting point. And certainly, it is part of the change process.

But that isn’t the most important question to ask yourself in the quest to create change successfully.

Here’s why:

Creating change successfully is highly dependent on your personal traits, habits, behaviours and your personal effectiveness.

You can have the best task list and plan in the world but it is you that has to execute that.

If you don’t have the mindset, habits and behaviours that will support you in navigating that plan, then the game is over before it starts. Your chances of achieving the change your desire is significantly reduced.

Plus, creating change successfully is only half the story. The other half of the story is how to ensure that change lasts.

Creating change that lasts is driven by who you are being every day, week, month and year.

So, the most important question to ask yourself to create change successfully is this:

“Who do I need to be?”

Because who you are being as you go about creating the change your desire is going to dictate whether you achieve the results you most want or not.

Take a moment to think about a change you would like to create in your life, work or business.

Identify personal traits, habits and behaviours that you would need to foster to achieve that change successfully. Then work out how you can learn, foster and develop those things to set yourself up to succeed with creating change that will last.

The most important question to ask yourself to create change successfully.

In the quest to create change successfully “who do I need to be?” is an important question to ask yourself. Because who you are being could be the difference between success and failure in the quest to create change that lasts. 

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  • Mimi HomewithMimi

    Thanks for a new perspective on creating personal change. I’m struggling with needing to get serious about weight loss. I’ve been starting with the “What do I need to do?” question. I’ll try your suggestion.

  • Hi Mimi, have fun experimenting with it. It helps to identify habits, mindset and behaviours that will set you up to succeed and work on ways to implement those.

  • Marian Jen

    I am trying to make a change in 2017 by becoming more focused and organized. I have been looking at tools to achieve this but never thought about making the connection of defining what that “ideal” person looks like and what her habits might be. Thanks!

  • Marion, identifying and fostering habits that support specific goals is a great way to set yourself up to succeed and get on the path to consistent results.

  • Marie Mack

    I love this thought! We generally don’t think about making change as becoming the person we should and want to be, though that is the beginning of everything.

  • Marie, glad you enjoyed it.

  • If there is anything that is constant in life it’s change and I always strive to make them positive changes.

  • Such a great reminder Ali! You can’t think that you are going to make a change if you aren’t prepared to do the work to maintain it. I struggle with that at times.

  • Yes indeed. The hard work is worth it for the rewards at the end!

  • Embracing change is so important. As you point out. It is a constant in life, work and relationships so important to work with it and manage it proactively

  • Love this Ali. You’re asking people to remember that the energy needed to create change is so different than the energy needed to maintain that change. Great read!

  • Thanks Margaret. So pleased you enjoyed it.