8 Steps to Changing Yourself: Part 7

Are you feeling a bit flat? There comes a point in every change process, including working on yourself and your own personal development, when the enthusiasm wanes. You know what I mean; you start out full of good intentions, it’s exciting and you begin to feel differently quite quickly and for a while making those changes is relatively easy.

But then you plateau. Nothing much seems to be happening, there’s a lack of visible progress and you begin to lose heart and faith in the change process. Kotter acknowledges that this happens within organisations too, so his seventh step is:


  • Using increased credibility to change all systems, structures, and policies that don’t fit together and don’t fit the vision
  • Hiring, promoting, and developing people who can implement the change vision
  • Reinvigorating the process with new projects, themes, and change agents

What does this  mean for you personally?

Well, it means take a few moments to sit down and reflect on just you have achieved to date. Count it all, small and large and medium sized! List all your achievements.

Think afresh about those people who are your supporters and ‘radiators‘.  Are there perhaps some others who might help you? Or maybe you could help them and in doing so revitalise your own change process?

Look at what you are doing and have done in the past. Does it fit with the new you you’re looking to create? Be ruthlessly honest with yourself: is there something that seriously needs to change?

It might be time to re-evaluate your goals and ambitions in the light of just how far you’ve come? Maybe you need a small mini project to increase your energy and resourcefulness? If your goal has been to gain promotion maybe you can do some shadowing, or volunteering?

Whatever it is, keep on keeping on. Change is difficult at the best times. Stick with it. Reward and congratulate yourself for sticking with it this far and take a big deep breath and carry on!

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Posted on October 30th, 2012 by

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