Being A Change Agent For Good
Keep in mind this important idea: true change requires not only a willingness to commit to new actions, but also the willingness to simply notice your fears without working to get rid of them. There are two sides to willingness, and when they are both in play, your behavior is much more flexible and vital.
A Gaelic proverb states, “Nothing is easy for the unwilling.” And if you are unwilling to face your fears and emotions, then forward progress on improving your quality of life will not be easy.
And when I’m talking about willingness, I’m not just talking about signing an informed consent disclaimer document. I mean vesting interest in committing to important actions related to changing behavior in the long run. And even more importantly, people who are willing to feel what they feel, without trying to avoid those anxieties, stressors, and fears, are much more likely to have successful outcomes. Willingness is a stance that a person can take when they are presented with a difficult emotion. When Life asks: “Are you willing to have THIS scariness and THIS difficulty so that you can move forward toward a hight quality of life?,” then you should do your best to answer “Yes!”
What’s the answer? How about the Goal-setting theory of motivation
In 1960’s, Edwin Locke put forward the Goal-setting theory of motivation. This theory states that goal setting is essentially linked to task performance. It states that specific and challenging goals along with appropriate feedback contribute to higher and better task performance.
In simple words, goals indicate and give direction to an employee about what needs to be done and how much efforts are required to be put in.
The important features of goal-setting theory are as follows:
The willingness to work towards attainment of goal is main source of job motivation. Clear, particular and difficult goals are greater motivating factors than easy, general and vague goals.
Specific and clear goals lead to greater output and better performance. Unambiguous, measurable and clear goals accompanied by a deadline for completion avoids misunderstanding.
Goals should be realistic and challenging. This gives an individual a feeling of pride and triumph when he attains them, and sets him up for attainment of next goal. The more challenging the goal, the greater is the reward generally and the more is the passion for achieving it.
Goal setting theory has certain eventualities such as:
- Self-efficiency- Self-efficiency is the individual’s self-confidence and faith that he has potential of performing the task. Higher the level of self-efficiency, greater will be the efforts put in by the individual when they face challenging tasks. While, lower the level of self-efficiency, less will be the efforts put in by the individual or he might even quit while meeting challenges.
- Goal commitment- Goal setting theory assumes that the individual is committed to the goal and will not leave the goal. The goal commitment is dependent on the following factors:
Goals are made open, known and broadcasted.
Goals should be set-self by individual rather than designated.
Individual’s set goals should be consistent with the organizational goals and vision.
Realizing that there will be discomfort that comes along with doing what you care about is psychologically healthy, and being willing to accept and embrace that comfort is critical to a life well lived.
At the end of the day there are emotional triggers that you often have to overcome in order to achieve the happiness you seek. These may also be barriers to your success or appear to be white noise from crowded negativity and it’s simply the reason why you have to continue on because this is the best way to remain stagnant through the ritual of negativity……
Or simply deny negativity the chance to enter into you realm. Be the change agent of Good. Have Humbleness in your heart and grace in your steps. Accept the bliss of the day. Find greatness in the smallest light. Look out your window when you feel darkest to be exposed to the light. And Change Your mindset