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Just about every positive event in history came about because people changed the circumstances around them for the better – for themselves and for the world. Deep personal change requires a psychologically astute, well-conceived and systematic program, as offered by change management consultant Damian Hughes. His 10-step agenda tells you where to begin and how to proceed. getAbstract recommends it to anyone who wants to embark on personal change.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why personal change requires adjusting your behavior,
  • Why you must know exactly what you want to change,
  • How to avoid “change blindness” and
  • How to follow the 10 steps of a successful change program.

About the Author

Damian Hughes teaches human resource management and organizational behavior at Manchester Metropolitan University. He founded LiquidThinker, a motivational consultancy.  



Time for a Change

To create change, you must modify your behavior or influence the appropriate people in your life to change their behavior. This requires understanding why you do things, the way you do them and why targeted people, often your closest colleagues, relatives or friends, operate as they do.

Putting change techniques, such as the following 10-step program, into action requires having an open mind. You want to be clear about the change or changes you wish to make. Otherwise, you may fall victim to a condition psychologists call “change blindness”; that is, as you bring about concrete adjustments step-by-step, you might not notice that overall change is gradually occurring. This inability to register the difference you’re really making could discourage you from continuing your change project. To avoid this difficulty, try to remain aware of how your life was when you first started your journey and to appreciate where you are now. Give yourself proper credit for the progress you’re making and remain committed to your change agenda.

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    Anand AA 7 months ago
    This is very good. Change is inevitable. This getabstract challenge/change really helps to change - how to read, understand and how we think and observe.
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    Anand AA 7 months ago
    This is very good. Change is inevitable. This idea of getAbstract help to change how we think and look.
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    Gboyega Olorunfemi 7 months ago
    For change to be effective, it must be activated from the inside. be the change you want to see in the world and this will have the desired influence in your world. Damian was apt to make us know what exactly we should want to change #getMotivated #readingchallenge #getabstract
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    Dave Jagpal 7 months ago
    Very eye opening, some very good advice#getMotivated#getAbstract
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    Mario Montenegro 7 months ago
    What a great gift to start the week - this week- and any other ocasión to finally CHANGE! It’s a great path to make something only possible if you really are committed to. #getMotivated #getAbstract
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    Job Jansen 7 months ago
    The summary is a clear enumeration of 10 steps.
    The most important question for me is: how does Damian Hughes encourage us to take the 10 steps.
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    Andew Ayerume 1 year ago
    Great truth "Reality wont change no matter what your attitude towards reality may be"
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    Kimberly Pollinger 1 year ago
    Slightly interesting, don't know that this is anything new.