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Change the Way You Think About Change

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Let’s change the way you think about change. Often times when we decide we want to make a change we take this seemingly unsurmountable goal and try to make sense of it. Sometimes it works, lots of times it doesn’t. And there we are left unmotivated and unsuccessful.

But what if there was another way? What if we could take this goal and break it down into parts. Parts that make sense, parts that are doable and parts that actually equate to progress, thus making us so much more successful?

Using the 5 S’s of Change can get you there.

S #1 – SIMPLE – keep the goal as simple as possible. Make it concrete and measurable so you actually know when you have achieved it.

S #2 – SEGMENTAL – take the goal and break it down into very manageable parts. Small steps that keep you motivated.

S #3 – SEQUENTIAL – Once the steps are broken down, put them in order. Start at the bottom and build on top of each prior goal that is achieved.

S#4 – STRATEGIC – There should be some strategy and “WHY” behind what you are doing. If it doesn’t have a purpose then why are you doing it?

S #5 – SUPPORTED – Finding people to help hold you accountable and encourage you along the way is important.

When creating goals and deciding to make a change, it is important to not only consider these things but consider the behavior behind them. Most often when you ask someone their goals they say something like “Lose 20 pounds” or “Get Stronger”. Rather then focusing on the outcome of what you want out of the goal, try thinking about the behavior behind the goal, thats what is going to make the difference for you.

For example, instead of saying I want to Lose 20 lbs, try saying I am going to prep my own food and eat only what I have planned.

Or instead of saying I want to get stronger, try saying I will follow a squat program three times per week outside of CrossFit classes.

Once you have created the actionable behavior plan behind the goal, break it down even farther. This month I will…. This week I will…. Today I will…

It’s easy to say things like “I want to lose 20lbs” but there are too many variables that come to play to make this statement a reality, and with no real plan behind it there is a small window of success. Instead by using the 5 S’s of change and creating behavior driven goals we can really set ourselves up for success.

Give this a try next time you want to make a change in your life and see how powerful this can be for you.