Tipping Points That Could Change Your Life
By Coach Dee
After reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Tipping Point, I was enlightened by his unique insight to a very common concern: What enables some ideas, behaviors, or products to gain momentum and become successful while others fail? Specifically regarding health and fitness, “Why do some people earn better results than others?”
Today, we will go through Gladwell’s reasonings while I give you “tipping points” (get it?) to help you become successful in reaching your goals. Are you ready?
“That one dramatic moment...when everything can change all at once is the Tipping Point.” -- Malcolm Gladwell
We live in a society that obsessively markets quick body transformations. Welcome to the current cover page of the main “health and fitness” magazines:
“Get Lean by February”--Oxygen Magazine
“Ten ways to build muscle faster”--Men’s Fitness
“Flat abs in 28 days”--Women’s Health Magazine
“Your Big Muscle Battle Plan: Results in 7 Days”--Men’s Health Magazine.
With all these claims, it must be true that change must happen quickly, right? Delta Performance believes in telling you the truth, so here it is: “change happens quickly... (Waiting for the eruption in your head to dissolve)...,but transformation takes time and persistence.”
“The Tipping Point is a place where the unexpected becomes expected, where radical change is more than a possibility.” --Malcolm Gladwell
Change does happen in an instant; something has to happen to jolt you out of your equilibrium (aka your comfort zone). It’s that “screw this” moment when you finally quit a job you have DEEspised for years, the “I’m better than this” time you DEEcide to divorce your abusive spouse, the “I don’t want to die” period as you sit in the hospital after your third overdose, or the “I need help” second when you humbly seek out a fitness coach to help you become healthier and happier. (Psst...I know a great team of coaches if you’re in the market).
Now that you hit that tipping point, how do you take it and turn it into epidemic change?
How do you keep the momentum rolling to truly transform your life--to work a career that gives you purpose, to find true love, to find lifelong sobriety, or to make a life-altering body transformation?
Gladwell suggests that epidemic change is caused by three major elements, which he titles, “The Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context.” Discover the place where all three components overlap, and you will find transformation.
The Law of the Few
Every success story has two major ingredients: social support and dedication. Gladwell refers to this as the “80/20 Principle--80 percent of the work will be done by 20 percent of the participants.”
“Whatever it is you want to do, you gotta get after it.” --The Rock
Dwayne Johnson did not obtain his “Rock” hard body, fame, and fortune overnight; he came from nothing and worked his ass off every day, keeping his eye on the end prize. His success story shows two things. First, he made his goal his top priority and put forth the hard work and dedication to earn his success. Second, he surrounded himself by people who supported his goals. Yes, even the Rock has a fitness coach.
Just like epidemics spread by a few, your transformative success is determined by a few select people in your life: you and the people with whom you surround yourself.
Eighty percent of the work will be done by you. The hard work, perseverance, and dedication is all you. You are the one in charge of your destiny, and you have the ability to make your goal a priority and do the work necessary to take you there. Once you are ready, willing, and able to make the change, figure out who your biggest supporters are, and surround yourself with these amazing people. They are your cheerleaders, coaches, and mentors; they are the ones who will motivate you and help you reach your true potential.
The Stickiness Factor
When you reach that point of change, you have to carry that momentum throughout your journey. Our most successful athletes are the ones who know and constantly remind themselves why they are fighting so hard to transform their lives. They make their reason to change sticky.
Do you want to lose 100 pounds? Why? Is it really to look better, or is the reason deeper than that... perhaps you want to live to see your kid graduate high school? Your reason must be so important to you that failure is not an option. It takes courage to make positive change, and knowing your real “why” will help you when times are difficult--and there will be difficult times. Once you constitute your true motive--one that is so strong, you have no choice but to succeed-- you can start creating your plan of action to lead to that success. Do this by building small, effective habits that, when compounded, lead to amazing results. Make them so simple, they become fundamental to your life. Make a consistent effort every single day until it sticks; then, keep doing it.
If you have hefty goals, you can only reach success if you make your “why” stick, prioritize your goals, and create small habits that support the lifestyle you are trying to live.
The Power of Context
“We are powerfully influenced by our surroundings, our immediate context, and the personalities of those around us.” --Malcolm Gladwell
If you want to bring about fundamental change to your behaviors--behaviors that will lead to results, you need to create a mindset and community around them, where those beliefs and behaviors could be practiced, expressed, and nurtured. Tell your biggest supporters what you are doing. Ask them to hold you accountable to your actions. Be that annoying dude who posts your “flex Friday” photo every week on social media. Create a vision board, and post it some place you will see every morning. Write your reason for wanting to accomplish your goal, and post it on your car dashboard as a constant reminder. Join a support group, or network with people you aspire to become. Look at yourself in the mirror every single day, and tell yourself over and over again that you will succeed. Say it until you believe it, then keep saying it. Make your environment work around your goal.
You can do it, so get out there and get ‘er done.
If you are looking to make a major life transformation:
Understand you must put forth at least 80% of the work
Create your team of supporters
Make your reason sticky
Do something every day that supports your hefty goals
Surround yourself in a supportive environment
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