Use Motivational Interviewing Techniques to Create Positive Change:
1) You are not here to impress anyone.
You are here because you want to learn how to create positive change.
2) Your goal is not just to get a job or promotion; your goal is also to make yourself happier and more fulfilled with life.
If you have no goals, then what do you really need? What would motivate you if only someone were paying attention?
3) You don’t have to be perfect; you just have to be better than the person before you.
The reason why most people fail at creating positive change is because they are too focused on being perfect. They think that if they do everything perfectly, it will automatically result in success. That’s not true!
Successful people are those who focus on their strengths and ignore their weaknesses.
4) There is nothing wrong with asking questions.
People love to hear from others. However, there are certain things that you shouldn’t ask.
For instance, you shouldn’t ask a question like “how old am I?” or “what did my parents do when I was born?”
These types of questions are usually asked by people who don’t feel comfortable talking to someone new and are trying to figure out whether they’re going to be able to relate or not.
5) You will get negative feedback from time to time.
If you don’t get negative feedback, then you are not improving your skills fast enough. The most successful people aren’t afraid of negative feedback; they understand that it helps them correct their mistakes and become better at life. So the next time you get a lot of negative feedback, it’s best to remember that it’s just harmless bits of information that can be used to help you improve.
6) If you’re looking for a job or promotion, your chances of getting it will increase if you don’t apply to just one place.
Most people only apply to one place. Two is much better. Three is even better than two.
The more places you apply, the greater your chances of getting hired somewhere. So when you go out looking for a job, don’t just apply to one place; apply to all the places that are hiring!
7) Your memory is like a wire coat hanger that keeps losing its shape.
That means you need to hang more memories on it so that it retains its original shape. The more memories you have, the sharper your mind becomes. The sharper your mind becomes, the better you do in everything you do!
8) You will get something out of this, even if you don’t understand everything that’s going on.
The most important thing is to keep an open mind and absorb everything like a sponge. The more you listen and pay attention, the more successful you will become in life.
9) You can discover hidden messages from people if you just listen carefully and think about what they are really trying to tell you.
The problem is most people don’t listen or pay attention. They have their own way of thinking and are too stubborn to change their minds about anything.
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