The "Trick" of Successful Change

I came across an intriguing quote by Leonardo Da Vinci. It reads:

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.

As I read the quote I thought, "That's the "trick" to successful change, too-doing something else." If you are struggling with a professional or personal change, maybe you need to employ some "tricks" of your own to move forward. They might include:

  • Maintain a vision of the most positive outcome of a successful change and the most negative outcome of not changing. Granted, neither will probably be the actual outcome, but you are creating a gap and uncertainty that encourages movement. We crave comfort and normalcy.
  • If the change involves others who are resisting the new direction, show them how the change is really their idea. They may not have suggested the change, but something they said in the past probably supports the change-and they have forgotten what they said earlier.
  • Over reward yourself for taking the first steps forward with the change. As you continue making progress, your motivation will move from extrinsic to intrinsic as you see the desired results becoming a reality.

Just don't trick yourself into thinking that you don't need to change.