Be Open To Change


One of the biggest challenges we face when trying to make our resolutions stick is not being open to change, or not being aware that change is needed in our life.


You feel that your way is the only way, and you don’t need or want to listen to anyone else’s ideas about changing or improving your life, or you are legitimately not aware that improvement in a certain section of your life is needed or warranted.

In the case of going to the gym, your current mindset could be one of “Hey, I’ve got this. I don’t need anyone telling me what to do. After all, I was a high school football champion back in the day.” Back in the day, that was a wonderful thing, however now, it may be time to take a good look at your current paradigms, and ask yourself if they are TRULY serving you in a positive, productive way.

You also may just believe that your life is perfect the way it is, and that very well may be the case. Either way, it’s a great opportunity for you to take a look at your current results and ask yourself if they are exactly where you want to be. 


SOLUTION: Resolve to being open to change.


Start by taking a look at the SEE, DO, GET cycle. Move directly to the GET or RESULTS piece.  

Ask yourself, “in this particular area of my life, am I getting the results I truly want.” If the answer is no, then circle back up to your Paradigm(s) and ask yourself about your beliefs regarding the changes you are working toward.

Check in with your language, self-talk, and any other thoughts and feelings you may have about the direction you want to move in. From there, make some commitments to yourself around being more intentional and self-aware, and pledge to practice the rest of the solutions below.

To make lasting behavioral changes and to truly make your resolutions stick, you must:

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About the Author

Henry Lescault

Henry Lescault is honored to be a behavioral change expert (Coach and Facilitator) for FranklinCovey. Henry has over 30 years of experience studying and working with human behavior as a professional law enforcement officer, trainer and facilitator, counselor, workplace conflict mediator and professional coach. He has a bachelor's degree in sociology, and a master's degree in executive coaching from Queens University's McColl School of Business, a leadership coaching and facilitation certification from Georgetown University, and is certified to administer a variety of different assessments including the Clifton Strengths Finder, MBTI and FIRO-B, as well as the EQ-i 2.0 for Emotional and Social Intelligence. In 2011, he published a book on presentation skills and personal presence entitled, Present with Power, Punch, and Pizzazz.

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