“Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.” Jim Rohn
A large majority of our actions stem from our habits. We develop habits over the course of years, good or bad; they stick with us till we make a conscious effort to change them. Dean Kosage, the successful entrepreneur and founder of Zooplr. choose to leave a toxic life behind and start afresh. He started with changing his name. Our names are our identity. If you want to be another person or change your public image, the first step in reinventing yourself is as simple as a name change.
The Finish Line is as Important as the Start
Most of us get worked up when we don’t get what we want. You can continue to live that way till your final breath, or make a small effort to bring in a change in perspective. Start by making decisions not based on the person you are, but on the person you wish to become. This simple effort develops into a new habit. Every good choice made, takes you a step closer to your goal.
While building on the image of the person you want to become, evaluate your past decisions and actions that got you to this point. Task of reinvention is futile when you end up repeating actions from the past. Consider testing situations and work against your natural instinct of dealing with them.
Decide on the Scale of Change
If you are not ready to go out and change your name, don’t. Take steps which you are comfortable with. Each one’s struggle and capacity for change is different. You shouldn’t end up losing yourself in the bargain of becoming a better person. Dean Kosage, at the core is still the inspirational, focus driven businessman as he was when he was with Amway.
Setting goals helps you stay on track. Research suggests that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. The habit might be broken, but the drive to repeat it may still remain. Consider a smoker and his efforts of kicking the butt. He may be successful but there will always be the craving of taking a single puff of nicotine. His decision to say No is what makes all the difference here.
Goals must be smart and well thought out. They have to be precise and take into consideration the milestones you wish to reach 6months to 5 years from the day you decide to make the change. Define the bigger goals first and the smaller ones will fit in with ease. Also, club physical fitness goals with mental aspirations. When you begin to feel the control over your physical body, getting your head around change in habit becomes easier.
“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily” Zig Ziglar
Connect With Dean Kosage
· Dean Kosage on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deankosage)
· Dean Kossage on Twitter (@deankosage)
· Dean Kosage’s YouTube Channel (great inspiring videos!) youtube.com/users/deanleverage