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Self-Improvement Without Change - There's No Such Thing

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Change, Self-Improvement, Career AdviceHave you ever noticed how everyone talks about wanting something better, but no one seems interested or willing to take the actions necessary to make that better happen? Jonathon Fields has an interesting reflection of this phenomenon on his website.

Here are a few of his thoughts:

  • People want better schools, but nobody wants to rock the system, the unions, the teachers, the role of parents.
  • People want lower health care costs, but nobody wants to endure the changes to medicine, law and bureaucracy it’ll take to get it.
  • People want to be thinner, healthier and happier, but nobody wants to own the actions it takes to get there.

That last one is a self-improvement killer, and it's one that all of us have been guilty of. Admit it. Haven't you, at least once in your life, said "I want something" and then done nothing to make that something happen? Haven't you, at least once, wished for a fairy godmother who could wave her magic wand and make your wishes comes true? (After all, it worked for Cinderella.)

The reason that we've all tried the wishing-and-waiting approach at least once is basic human nature. Change is scary, and we don't like doing scary things. The present might not be perfect, but it is familiar. We know how it works and what's required from us. If we take action to make things better, we can't be sure of the outcome. We might end up making things worse, so it's easier to avoid the risk.

The good news is that we're all capable of making changes for the better, of becoming our own fairy godmothers.

Here are three tips to get you started:

  • Acknowledge your fear. It's like turning on a light.
  • Start with one small action. You don't have to run five miles or quit your job as the first step. Change is process, so start by walking up one flight of stairs or reading the job listings.
  • Tell someone what you want to do. It gives you accountability. And they might be able to help.

If you're a Healthcare, Behavioral Health & Education, Nursing or Pharmacy professional looking to make a change, contact us to learn how Staffing Plus can help. We might not have magic wands, but we do have resources and opportunities to help you make your career better.

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