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Script the Critical Moves

Script the Critical Moves

Any successful change requires a translation of ambiguous goals into concrete behaviors. In short, to make a switch, you need to script the critical moves.

Too many choices can lead to decision paralysis. For effective change, limit the options as much as possible.

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Tweak the Environment

Tweak the Environment

Tweaking the environment is about making the right behaviors a little bit easier and the wrong behaviors a little bit harder. It’s that simple.

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The Elephant and the Rider

The brain has two independent systems at work at all times.

  • First, there’s the emotional side. It’s the part of you that is instinctive, that feels pain and pleasure.
  • Second, there’s the rational side, also known as the reflective or conscious sys...

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Build Habits

  • Habits can be both good and bad and to change yourself, you have to replace the bad habits with the good.  
  • Changing habits requires a change of environment and a change in mentality.
  • You can change habits by employin...

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Shrink the Change

Shrink the Change

To shrink the change:

  • Make the change small enough that you can’t help but score a victory
  • Limit the investment you’re asking for
  • Think of small wins—milestones that are within reach.

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CHIP & DAN HEATH

“Knowledge does not change behavior,” he said. “We have all encountered crazy shrinks and obese doctors and divorced marriage counselors.”

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Bright Spots

  • Bright spots are successful efforts worth emulating
  • To discover bright spots, ask yourself: “What’s working and how can we do more of it?”
  • The Miracle Question: “What’s the first small sign you’d see that would make you think the problem was gone?”
  • Y...

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Point to the Destination

Create a destination postcard that shows what you want to achieve in the near future.

Destination postcards—pictures of a future that hard work can make possible—show the Rider where you’re headed, and they show the Elephant why the journey is worthwhile.

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Grow Your People

Growing your people is all about building the necessary rapport to get things done.

The strategy relies on the identity decision-making model that essentially asks three questions:

  • Who am l?
  • What kind of situation is this?
  • What would someone ...

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CHIP & DAN HEATH

“Failing is often the best way to learn, and because of that, early failure is a kind of necessary investment.”

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CHIP & DAN HEATH

“People find it more motivating to be partly finished with a longer journey than to be at the starting gate of a shorter one.“

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The Change Framework

The Change Framework

The basic three-part framework you need to change behavior:

  • Direct the Rider. Provide crystal clear direction. “What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity.”
  • Motivate the Elephant. Engage the emotional side. “What looks like laziness ...

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