Statistically speaking, by the time you read this post, most people have already fallen off their New Year Resolution bandwagons. Best laid plans for 2017 are set aside for another time.
Behavioral psychology helps us understand that reinforcements control our behaviors – in that a behavior is either strengthened or weakened by what happens following the behavior. These are the dynamisms that make up our habits. Motivational psychology enlightens us that human beings constantly pursue pleasure and power. Neuroscience indicates that much of our thinking is unconscious, in that we are not fully aware of what we do, and we certainly are not clear about why we do it.
Neuroscientists, by studying brain functioning, indicate that our trust in “free will” is largely philosophical. Adding to our dilemma, they believe that people behave primarily because of brain chemistry and electrical activity – and not because we are consciously choosing our way through life.
Here’s the deal. Most people, and myself included, cannot effectively function if we believe we are helpless creatures with no ability to make our lives the way we desire.
Individual behavior is in effect conditioned by many forces … social, physical, political, economic and the list goes on and on. When you put many individuals into a group such as a business, the interactive effects are exponential. When leaders of organizations “decide” to make positive changes, the challenges and barriers to change are enormous.
At GAPWORX we advise that an important step to effective change is to increase the level of awareness. There is a relevant adage: ”You can’t change what you don’t know.” We named our company GAPWORX because in all of life there are gaps – realistically the differences between what is and what is wanted. We also believe that when people become more aware of their circumstances, they can more effectively work on their gaps. Companies that learn more about the variables interacting within their organizations can then make the necessary changes to actualize their desired futures.
For the small business, an inability to activate necessary changes can have very punitive consequences. Adapting to external market forces, and making more effective internal organizational changes, is critical to business survival. Companies that constantly strive to be fully functioning have a much better chance to achieve their goals.
It is difficult for any person or organization to become more aware without some form of outside objectivity. Awareness can be increased through what we call “constructive provocation.” By increasing awareness, every company can know more clearly what they want. Leadership driving effective action can enable every employee to make business goals and objectives happen.
GAPWORX is able to help your organization to realize positive changes in 2017.