Path to change

“The path to change is seldom smooth or straight.”
– James O. Prochaska

Jim Prochaska is a leading researcher and author on behavior change – and a good friend of mine. Jim must have observed my lifetime when he made this simple but astute comment.

When I was a struggling student, I knew I wanted to change my behavior to be more disciplined in my studies. I bought an expensive calendar to organize my day. I set up meetings with my college professors. I read some great motivational books. I even purchased a new desk for my fraternity room.

Shortly thereafter, I met a new, demanding girlfriend. I found a pub in Champaign, Illinois, that did not check IDs, and I hung out with my old buddies. By summer, I received a formal-looking letter from the University informing me I was no longer a student.

I have many other examples to prove Jim right, including a few I’d just as soon keep secret.

The truth is, although change is seldom smooth or straight, positive change can and does take place.

Eventually, I received a Master of Science degree with honors from Iowa State University.

And my life is better for it.

Author: Don Kuhl

Don Kuhl is founder of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® He has authored hundreds of Journals that have assisted over 10 million people in making positive life changes. While Don was aging (think of a side of beef at a fine restaurant), he managed motel properties, started several sports publications, worked in college and health care administrations and started about a dozen corporations. Some of them failed miserably, a few flourished.