Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Five facts you need to know about dysfunctional behaviours
Ever noticed why people quit smoking and come back to it again? All New Year resolutions to exercise and lose weight last only for a week? Every time pledging be more organised dilutes in few hours? It may be surprising to many of you, that nearly 80% cardiac patients return to old habits after surgeries. 70% rash drivers yet again display similar behaviour after meeting accidents. Here are some facts about such dysfunctional behaviours;
1. They are deep rooted and sticky. They do not change unless conscious effort is put in consistently with professional help.
2. Any change from these positions faces inertia and procrastination. ‘Group think’ is one big force acting against change in the story.
3. They are in the mind; thinking typically on the lines of ‘the world doesn’t change in a day”, ‘He/She also does it’, ‘I have lived it for many years’.
4. Any ideas to change these are ridiculed in mind even before the change begins. The gains with the change are overweighed by the cost of that change, even if worthwhile.
5. Past failures to change haunt and dilute any future efforts to bring about behaviour modification.
It is nearly impossible to bring about a sustainable change unless one resorts to professional help and maintains consistency with high integrity. One may need to understand the concepts of Opportunity cost (the cost of not changing today) and Compounding (Change today is better than tomorrow). Any procrastination shall only lead to disasters and drifting away from ones goals in life. Every moment is the right time to commit yourself to a new and positive change and propel ahead.