( or The Big 90 Day Challenge.)
Did you know that making changes to your life can do you harm? It can cause more trouble than sticking with those bad old habits. What? You're surprised?
Some years ago David Niven wrote a book called "100 Simple Secrets of Successful People " which is a surprisingly good read if you can get hold of it. In it he says "For 87 percent of us, declarations of self-change produce a temporary improvement in self-image followed, in a few weeks, by disappointment, which make our self-image worse than it was before the declaration." He goes on to say that if we keep on trying and failing we can reduce satisfaction with our lives by 40 percent.
None of that will come as a surprise to those of us who have tried and failed. How do you feel about yourself after you have tried yet another diet but ended up gaining weight? How satisfied are you with your life? What does it do to your opinion of yourself?
Making any sort of change is not easy, whether it is personal or corporate. No one ever grew to be a Tall Poppy without taking some chances, and making some changes in their lives. They were strong enough to venture into new territories and they succeeded in establishing themselves there. That is why they are tall poppies and we are not.
Aaron Potts from Today is That Day is a Tall Poppy who specialises in helping others make the most of themselves. He has laid down a 90 day challenge which involves people making a significant and important change in their lives within 90 days. He has called it 1o,ooo Fists to Freedom.
In his words "Anyone who puts a comment on this post with a measurable goal that can be compared to where they are now vs. where they will be in 90 days - and accomplishes it - will get a cool $100 cash straight from me to you."
Now before you all race out and start changing things in your lives, remember the consequences of failure. I am not saying that you should never change for fear of failure. What I am saying is that you should not start out on the path of change without being totally committed to it. You must prepare yourself before making change or you will end up back with the 87% of us who fail yet again. They key questions is "How badly do you want it? "
If this post has spurred you into action then here is some advice for you gathered from change specialists.
4. Map your first steps.
Making a significant change in your life is certainly not an easy thing to do, but it can be done. Prepare yourself thoroughly before you begin and keep your eyes on your goal. I wish you the best in whatever you decide to do.
If you want to take up the 90 day challenge don't forget to post here. Let me know how you go.