When is the last time you promised yourself to make some changes, either break or make a new habit? And how long did your changes last? Then you know how difficult it is to make change stick.

Changing habits can be one of the hardest things to do. Once we decide to lose weight, quit smoking, get fit, or do anything differently, it takes a lot of effort and persistence before we can claim success. Anyone who tells you it only takes 30 days to acquire a new habit doesn’t know human nature.

Most people who’ve been successful at making major lifestyle changes report that it rarely comes as steadily upward progress. Instead, it’s often two steps forward and one back, with intermittent relapses, surges of resolve, and a lot of learning along the way.

One has only to look at the obesity problem in the US and other affluent countries to see how hard it is to make behavioral changes that stick. Despite growing evidence that being overweight contributes to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature aging, people struggle to lose weight, start exercising, and eat healthy. The obesity rates aren’t getting better, they’re getting worse.

And yet we know more about how to make or break habits than ever before. Behavioral scientists have conducted extensive research into how people make lasting changes. Why aren’t more people successful?

This article explores how to make change stick and offers brain-friendly steps to set meaningful goals and a pathway to success.

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Personal Growth Diagram StructureAre you stuck in the past, or work with someone who is? Not everyone aims for personal growth or uses their past experiences to move forward.

If you’ve ever worked with a colleague who tells the same old stories over and over, you understand how people can distort reality to suit their purposes. And yet, most of do our own version of repetitive storytelling.

We form an identity of ourselves as a team member, colleagues, or friends by telling personal stories about our past. And we project the lessons we’ve learned onto our present situations. We let our past influence our present reality and in doing so, affect our future.

The fact is, personal stories serve to protect our egos — it’s human nature. Our stories aren’t about what actually happened, but rather what we told ourselves happened. They’re founded on real events, but mostly on real emotions. They are stories that we’ve invented based on how we interpreted things back then.

This article explores how our personal stories – our interpretation of past events – can keep us stuck in the past and suggests 5 steps to personal growth.

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    • Identify significant events or people with big impact
    • Find patterns and meaning
    • Back to the future
    • Map making
  • Trust in the future

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