Let’s talk a little bit more about context changes…
I’d mentioned how manipulating conditions in your present environment to “handicap” your future self is really key, because it takes willpower out of the equation to a large extent.
So for instance, if you want to lose weight or improve your fitness, you can skip buying your monthly metropass and take up the habit of walking to and from work instead. You can prepare healthy meals to bring to work with you and limit your choices. You can STOP keeping foods that you have a hard time being moderate with in your house.
I heard some other great examples recently…
These are from Harley Pasternak. He’s encouraging people to move more, and said as a busy person, what he’s done is to get rid of his coffee machine at home, so he has to walk four blocks to get his morning coffee. Also, when meeting with someone, instead of just meeting at his office, he’ll say let’s walk and talk; your mind is in more of a creative state anyway.
I’ve talked about public speaking…
One of the best things you can do to get yourself going with that is join a group; something like toastmasters. You’ll pick up a few tips. But most importantly it gets you up in front of people each week. And remember, DOING is the path to BEING. If you want to be decent, let alone great at anything, you need to do it, and do it often.
So this year, when I decided to get back into the flow of speaking (as I emerge weary-eyed from behind my laptop where I spent the last few months of 2016) one of the things I did was sign up for a stand up comedy class. Now, I have no ambitions of becoming a comic…
But doing the stand up thing is definitely different from the speaking I’ve done over the years. It’s a little out of my comfort zone, and that’s the point. It’s got me thinking about humour, and how to add more of that to my presentations. Mostly, it keeps me in front of people each week and it’s an opportunity to continue to refine my communication skills.
The other thing I did was commit to a monthly interview on ThatChannel.com. Same idea, forces me to really button up my content, as well as practice being interviewed.
Finally, doing these videos was the third context change. Each one is like a mini talk, so it forces me to clarify my ideas, and I’m getting practice at communicating them as well.
That’s really it. That’s how it’s done. That’s how I’m doing it. That’s how you can use my concept of context changes to effectively automate any good behavior you want more of. As I’ve said before, put some thought into what you want to accomplish. Be clear on your intention. Then be ruthless about organizing your life in ways that make it a lot harder for you to NOT do the positive new patterns you’re creating for yourself.
Edit your daily method of operation, and your environment, so it becomes second nature.
With a just little bit of thought, I’m sure you can find ways to do this.
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Thanks for watching, and happy transforming.