In Change Anything Unending persistent challenges are often hard to solve because they are rooted in human behavior. It seems out that the best most effective way to deal with these problems is to learn what influences the behavior and use that understanding to create a successful change strategy. Thankfully there is a proven way to increase your influence so that you take necessary steps to act meaningful change. Influencer teaches how to develop strategies for resolving difficult problems. No matter how entrenched the behaviors, the client will learn the six sources of influence that drive behavior and how utilizing four or more of these sources to act a behavioral change can increase their likelihood of success. Influencer teaches clients how to diagnose the causes behind any problem, and identify high-leverage behaviors that if the change will lead to desired results.
The program is based on six sources starting from Personal motivation & Personal Ability moving on to Social motivation and Social ability finally leading to Structural motivation and Structural ability. Following are the recommended strategies for each and every source.
Personal motivation asks for identifying the harmful, unpleasant and not agreed upon components of the change. It should find ways to either eliminate them or look for the ways by which it could be made more agreeable. Both the therapist and the patient need to create a link between the need for change and their foundation values. Always be understandable about the mission and the actual purpose.
Often clients are not properly equipped with proper knowledge, skills or the strength they need in order to face the challenge. In this situation, the therapist works as a guide to the patient and helps him equip with all the important skills, knowledge and the strength he needs in order to manage the disease. When in the change process, the therapist helps in designing the process to help support the patient for any emotional, interpersonal or communication obstacle that could possibly hinder the change process. The artificial environment could also help the therapist, as well as the patient, know if he has assumed to the required new behavior. This is how the therapist helps the patient develop required personal ability.
We, humans, are social animals and thus our society influences us immensely. At this stage, the patient needs to check whether the new behavior he has adopted is supported by people around him. Check whether you are receiving proper support from your social circle (Family and friends) to help you manage your concerned problem. Ask yourself, if my new behavior has influenced people in my surroundings. The need here is to be part of that group that understands your concerns and thus helps you in every possible way.
Social ability asks for whether you have someone around you to help in critical times. In the life of an addiction patient, the crucial moment could be when the patient in recovery comes across a slippery place or slippery person. Are people around him properly equipped with appropriate knowledge and skills to handle him in difficult situations? Do they have any contact number of their therapist who could possibly help them or guide during this upsetting crucial situation? Possible obstacles should be well defined and thus the social circle should have proper information, knowledge, skills, and resources to handle the critical situation. In short, the loved ones of a recovering addict should be able to handle the situation amicably.
Whenever in a phase to adopt a new behavior, a very important point not to be missed here is to reward your own self every time a job is done well and another way round penalize yourself for not behaving appropriately. This way you will indulge yourself to acquire reward by repeating the same behavior again and again which after a while will become your habit. A habit for a lifetime.
Finally, when it comes to structural ability, the most important question is whether there are enough cues and reminders to help remain focused. To answer this question, the best idea would be to make appropriate changes in your environment making it a healthy one.