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Ten Steps To Jump-Start Change

Ten Steps To Jump-Start Change

Ryan Estis challenges conventional thinking on corporate culture, communication, client acquisition, brand ambassadorship and change. The former chief strategy officer for the marketing division of McCann Erickson, he helps companies, leaders, and sellers more effectively connect to their two most important audiences: employees and customers. Guiding audiences through the realities of the new economy, Ryan blends interaction, energy, and actionable content to transform and elevate your business outcomes. Below, Ryan writes on the steps to creating change:

“What is the cost of not taking action? Where will you be 12 months from now if nothing changes?”

What are you doing that isn’t working? At work, in your business, with your team, with your manager? At home, in your relationships, with your health?

You know the answer. But I can ask a different way.

What is an area in your life where you’d like to see improvement or growth?

Real growth usually requires change. Real change often requires consistent effort. That’s why meaningful change can be so hard. We love our habits even when they don’t necessarily serve us well.

To change, you need momentum on your side. To generate a little forward progress, it helps to make a commitment to BLOW UP what isn’t working. Then take action and move boldly and decisively in a new direction toward the outcome you deserve and desire.

Are you ready? Let’s go through the steps that minimize fear and eliminate procrastination. Grab a notebook or journal. It helps to write them down.

  1. What improvement do you want to make? Get specific.
  2. What is your timeline for the change? Keep momentum by tracking and celebrating progress along the way.
  3. What habits or behaviors aren’t working or serving you well in this area?
  4. What habits or behaviors could you embrace that would move you further and faster in that new direction? Identify the required routines and rituals for success.
  5. What is the cost of not taking action?  Get specific. Where will you be 12 months from now if nothing changes? Five years? Ten?
  6. What will be different if the change materializes? How will that feel for you? Who else would benefit? Create a very real vision of that destination.
  7. Who else can you enlist to join you on the change journey? Who could partner up or offer real support? Who can hold you accountable to the commitment? Going at it alone is less than ideal. Communicate your commitment to change. It’s okay to ask for help.
  8. How important is this to you personally/professionally on a scale of 1 – 10?  Why?
  9. Put the personal pledge in writing. Read your commitment out loud. Share the commitment: “I vow to change…I can no longer afford…I am committed to this change because…This change will benefit the people I love because…I am moving forward effective immediately…You get the idea. Sign the commitment vow. Date it. 4/21/2016.
  10. Make your move! Now is the perfect time to take action. Grab that notebook or journal and go back to Step 1. It’s worth investing a few minutes of time to set up success.
Ryan Estis/May, 2016