How do you make changes?

legsAs I have touched on elsewhere, I am interested in self improvement generally – not just building great self confidence. But I have always had a big problem with self improvement products. Basically most are books, which follow the conventional format of a text book.

The problem with a book, or even an audio product, is people read (or listen) – but don’t act! Self improvement is about making changes. And a big part of that is changing habits…

“The second half of a mans life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.” Dostoevsky

In compiling this blog I do genuinely want people to be able to be able to put some of these ideas into practice and make changes. But I remain concerned that even in a more dynamic format than a book, it remains easy to read and pass on – rather than act.

I have my own ideas about how to make change happen in our lives, which I will feature in future blogs. But having come across a blogging feature called a “meme” for the first time this week, I will use this to try and stimulate some discussion and ideas.

The meme theme is “if you wanted to improve your life by changing a habit – how would you set about it?”

I will tag a few people who blogs I admire and find useful to kick things off -but please add your own comments

Chris Garrett
Marcia S
Jason Golod
Gobala Krishnan
Julie Ann Bonner

marcia siegel May 20, 2007 at 2:21 pm

hi dave,
thanks for the tag. i look forward to answering your question in a future post.

but i have one question.. why are you making me think??? too much work. lol.

thanks for the homework. it is a good question for me to ponder.

Rajesh Shakya May 22, 2007 at 3:57 pm

I have tagged you in my post at Look at that.

“How do you make changes?” – a million dollar question. Until you try to understand yourself, you can make changes. There is another question comes with this? What you really want to change? What thing is really bad? Is that “bad thing” bad for now or ‘bad forever”? Is that bad, only bad for me or bad for others as well.

Rajesh Shakya

David May 23, 2007 at 12:40 pm

Thanks Rajesh for the tag and comment. Lots of questions – I’m not sure I agree with “trying to understand yourself”. For some that may be helpful if their life is very dysfunctional because of what has happened in the past. But I believe for most of us we can make change if we have the right type of support from those around us.

marcia siegel May 23, 2007 at 2:48 pm

hello, dave
i have answered your meme.
thanks for the tag.

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