Most people approach goals and personal improvement the hard way. Rather than changing their environment, they strive to overcome their current environment. This is the essence of willpower, our individualistic Western culture’s obsession.
How To Make Quantum Leaps Personally And Professionally
Benjamin P. Hardy

This reminds me of another study on New Year’s Resolutions, conducted several years ago now at NYU. The study looked at what turns over in the mind when an individual makes a conscious choice to change. They took a group of dieters and showed half the dieters photoshopped pictures of how they’d look 10 pounds lighter. Those dieters having seen “their future selves” far out performed the control group in achieving their weight loss resolutions. The challenge, the scholars concluded, is not that resolutions are difficult, but that they require us to envision how we’d be in the future as an entirely different person. And most people when asked to do so don’t recognize the person they so desperately want to become…

There’s a lesson here for managers. Create opportunities for your direct reports to fill bigger shoes than they need to. Enable them to see themselves as a more advanced role and they’ll have a better shot at connecting those dots to a promotion. Great article Benjamin P. Hardy. Brilliantly constructed.

(Meghan at HubSpot)

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