The desire to changes within all of us but there are definitely a few factors that can influence an individual’s desire to change. Here some of the top reasons that a person first needs to face before they have a desire to make changes in their life:

  • The nature of the change:

A person needs to assess the type of change that they are making as well as how the change might impact them in the future. People generally have to ask a main question about making changes in their lifestyle; “What is in it for me” is really the be-all end all question for deployment of a new change. Unless a person can identify a new positive opportunity or threat to their happiness, they may not find a reason to make changes. Some people may also put the needs of others ahead of their own and ask Al making changes could develop a greater equality for workgroup or how to change made by them could generate positive changes in someone else’s life.

  • The organizational/environmental context for change:

The way that a person views their environment or an organization that is changing can also change the assessment and motivations in a person’s life. Every person’s view is bound to be unique and an assessment of the surrounding change can be different from person-to-person. As a result as an organization’s culture changes or as the environment surrounding a person begins to change the direction and the perceived notions of the rewards/changes to that environment will change the opinions of people as well. The implications of environmental change organizational change can play a major role when it comes to creating the desire for a person to set new goals and to change their lifestyle. A great example of this could be if a company has a history of implementing new software but not following through on training for that software. This precedent may weigh heavily when it comes to the overall happiness of a person in a position especially if regular software changes are incoming as part of their job description.

  • The personal situation of an individual:

The personal contacts for individual situation can also be a major factor that equates to change. All aspects of a person’s life situation including their relationships their flexibility and mobility, their financial security, health and career aspirations can all go into the background motivation for change. A person’s situation definitely changes over time and sometimes even due to factors that they can’t control. As part of our individual decision-making process is related to change however, each person has various drivers in their own personal situation that can frustrate them to the point of motivating a change. Everyone has their own unique capacity to change but various factors in our lifestyle will give us the motivation to change.

  • Intrinsic motivations:

Personal or intrinsic motivations are the fourth main element that can contribute to the desire to change. Inherent attributes make us each our own individual and they can give us the motivation that we need to make the major changes in our lives. Intrinsic motivations can range from the desire to make a difference in our world to the desire to change for our children. There are even intrinsic motivations for people to avoid future pain, negative difficulties or consequences. Others have intrinsic motivation for power, respect or luxury items. The reasons that drive each one of us to change vary from person-to-person and it really just comes down to our values and internal beliefs of what we want to achieve. Although we may have core values and beliefs that can push us to the precipice of change its the internal compass or conscience that really pushes us forward and communicates how likely we are to move towards change. While we may have all of these thoughts in the world and daydreams about positive changes we can make in our lifestyle, its an undying conscience that pushes us forward to obtain the positive results from change.

Author Dirk Van Loon

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