Many of my articles focus on making very small changes over a long period of time to be successful. We can examine the systems and habits in our lives and design them according to our goals and dreams.
But sometimes change can’t wait. It has to happen right away. It could be that we are headed in the wrong path and need to drastically improve in order to avoid danger.
The challenge in these instances is that our habits and structures in our lives will still drive us in the same direction, resisting our desire to change.
Most of the changes in my life were of the subtle variety, not requiring immediate, extreme change. But at times when I needed to change quickly I still found that we have to address the systems and habits in order to have a chance for success.
Quitting smoking by using the cold turkey method works for some people. But even those who rely on this technique still have to work through the various system and habit changes. They just have to do it quickly.
So if you find yourself in need of radical change, stop and think through the various systems and habits around the change. Without this step, these can quickly and easily pull you back to your old path.
But if we address these, then we can start to change quickly. It will likely require more willpower and effort, but combined with the systems and habits changes can result in lasting success.
Most of the time when I need to change, I find that slow, steady changes are best to help change all of the systems and habits that we have formed in our lives. But if we don’t have the luxury of moving forward in a slow, deliberate manner and need to change quickly we can still rely on the systems and habits approach to improvement to help us improve.