Want to inspire lasting change? Don’t tell somehow how you want them to change. Don’t nag them to do things a certain way. Instead, be the example and show them there’s a better way. Set a stage such that they get to experience what’s possible.
Have a teammate who is always late for meetings? Start without them and don’t restart or catch them up when they arrive.
Want your partner to work out more? Be consistent with your exercise routine.
Want your children to do work they love? Find what makes you come alive and go do it.
Want your workaholic friends to get more sleep? Wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day, showing them how consistent sleep impacts productivity.
To inspire change, we must be the best versions of ourselves, setting the example for those around us. We must be our word, do more than we say we will, and do it with love.
Lasting change starts slow. Sometimes we need to experience pain before deciding to change, which is why it takes some smokers cancer to quit the bad habit. It’s why kids put their hand on a stove and never do it again. It’s why conflict in a relationship can lead to greater depth and intimacy.
Take a moment to reflect: What is the change you’re making? Who are you influencing? Why will the change positively impact those people? How can you get them to experience the possibility of that change?
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Thanks to my morning run for inspiring this post and Farhad for reading the draft.
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