The Steps to Making Big Changes
1. Believe it is Possible
Your success is determined more by your belief than by any other factor. Regardless of how hard you plan and work at it, if you do not believe you can succeed, you will not. Conversely, regardless of the obstacles facing you, if you believe you can succeed, you will.
2. Commit to Change
Where does the power to make the change and overcome barriers come from? The power is yours as soon as you make a commitment. A deep conviction, or willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed, releases the power to act and crush all barriers in the way.
3. Act As If You Are Already The person You Want To Be
Immediately after making a commitment to change, act as if you are already the person you want to be. For in the days and weeks that follow, your new behavior will crystallize into a new habit. Moreover, your new behavior will cause others to treat you as the person you want to be. And their new way of looking at you will reinforce your belief that you have changed.
4. Celebrate Your Success
Congratulations on your success! Now it’s time to celebrate. When you do so, it helps seal your new identity. But when you celebrate, do so in a manner that adds to rather than takes from your life. Treating yourself to dinner with friends is an example of adding to life, but celebrating by getting drunk with friends only invites trouble and the possibility that you may begin to unravel the good you have already done.
Believe, Commit, Act, Celebrate