The Paradox of Behavior Change

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Sustainable change is difficult for all of us. And as clinicians at WellSpring we see the difficulties and challenges that clients are up against as they try to make life changes. We've seen clients have a lot more success at real change by taking small, sustainable steps. This is a helpful article that underscores what we've experienced.


"...Change is certainly possible, but it is only sustainable within a fairly narrow window. When an athlete trains too hard, she ends up sick or injured. When a company changes course too quickly, the culture breaks down and employees get burnt out. When a leader pushes his personal agenda to the extreme, the nation riots and the people re-establish the balance of power. Living systems do not like extreme conditions. 

"Thankfully, there is a better way...The best way to achieve a new level of equilibrium is not with radical change, but through small wins each day. 

"This is the great paradox of behavior change. If you try to change your life all at once, you will quickly find yourself pulled back into the same patterns as before. But if you merely focus on changing your normal day, you will find your life changes naturally as a side effect."


Taken from "The Paradox of Behavior Change" by James Clear. To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

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