Establish and maintain a sense of urgency
John Kotter, an international expert on change management in organisations, has spent the last 30 years researching how to make positive change happen quickly and effectively. Of his findings, there is one key component that he says must always be part of the change process – that there is a real sense of urgency.
Urgency or motivation to make a change is usually created by either the goal being so desireable that you are compelled to go for it, or that the consequences of not changing are too painful to accept. So in making a change it’s critical to start to develop a compelling picture of the future. You may not know what this looks like initially but developing this in more detail is a key motivating factor. Once you’ve got this, keep reminding yourself of what you want it is so you don’t lose track. Moving towards the positive instead of just stepping away from the negative will also stop you from leaping before you look.