Change is a Verb

The keys to making significant changes in one’s life, according to the book Change or Die by Alan Deutschman.

The First Key to Change


  • Form a new, emotional relationship with a person / community that inspires and sustains hope
  • If you face a hopeless situation then you need the influence of seemingly “unreasonable” people to restore your hope – to make you believe that you can change and expect that you will change

 The Second Key to Change


  • The new relationship helps you learn, practice, and master the new habits and skills that you’ll need
  • It takes a lot of repetition over time before new patterns of behavior become automatic and seem natural – until you act the new way without even thinking about it
    • Change does not involve just “selling”, it requires “training”
    • Remember, CHANGE is a verb

The Third Key to Change


  • The new relationship helps you learn new ways of thinking about your situation and your life
  • Ultimately, you look at the world in a way that would have been so foreign to you that it wouldn’t have made any sense before you changed

Through this process you have the opportunity for new hope, new skills, and new thinking. 


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