You may have heard of the saying, ‘The path of least resistance’? Research tells us the easier the behaviour we want to change either within ourselves or our clients, the easier it will be to change that behaviour.
I’m Andrew Arnold from Million Dollar Wellness and today I want to discuss how create your paths of least resistance.
A behaviour is harder to change when motivation to change it is low. If you’re not clear on your ‘Why’ it’s difficult to uncover, let alone appreciate your client’s ‘why’. It must start with you, the practitioner!
Our behaviours are under pinned by our beliefs and these can be hard to change. Our beliefs come from our experiences, our up-bringing, our parents etc. Think of the legs of our chair or roots of a tree.
Change starts with a conscious decision and often feels like the path of most resistance.
Gaining insight into our core motivators will help lessen the resistance.
Start with a process of self-enquiry. What are you good at? Who do you love to treat? What lights you up?
In the Million Dollar Wellness INTERN program I talk about creating your ‘Message Magic’, your message to the world. The more you practice this with others, the more you will own it. This message is little about what you do rather what your ‘really’ about.
Once you and your clients understand the core motivators it therefore, becomes easier to change our behaviours.
You help your client focus on wanting to play with their grandkids rather than merely helping them resolve their pain. This help them see the path of least resistance. Whereas exercise was difficult for them in the past they can now see a reason.
You want to attract more ‘Grade A’ clients, the one’s you want to see rather than accepting any client because you perceive you need to! You then find it easier to practice your mind-set strategies like meditation, positive affirming etc. whereas before, this was just too hard.
One way to get started is to determine your micro-habits, those smaller actions that help you change your behaviours. They are about the ritual not the result and because they are incremental they need less will-power and self-control.
So, think about ‘why’ you want to change and uncover why your clients want to change. It’s more than just about the pain! Then, decide on small, achievable actions – micro-habits and finally, just start, START TODAY!
Eventually, your micro-habits will become macro-habits as they become more and more automatic and that means less effort, less energy – the path of least resistance.
Small changes make big differences.
About the author:
About the author:
Andrew believes for a health practice to thrive, practitioners and practice owners need to, what he refers to as ‘step up into their power’. Leadership is about leading. Sounds simple right? So why are so many practitioners are struggling to make a living, eventually burning out and giving up?
Andrew has successfully built 2 multi-disciplinary health practices to nearing a million pa. He has mentored many leading practice owners helping them reach this target and beyond.
Andrew is married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.