Mastering the Emotional Cycle of Change: How to Navigate Your Way to Success!
Have you ever started on a new goal or habit and felt highly motivated, only to later lose that motivation and give up? This is a common experience known as the emotional cycle of change, as described by Brian P. Moran in his book “The 12 Week Year.”
The emotional cycle of change consists of four stages: (1) uninformed optimism, (2) informed pessimism, (3) the valley of despair, and (4) informed optimism.
In the first stage, uninformed optimism, we are excited and motivated to pursue our goal, but we may not have a realistic understanding of the challenges ahead. In the second stage, informed pessimism, we begin to face obstacles and setbacks, and may start to feel discouraged or overwhelmed.
In the third stage, the valley of despair, we may feel like giving up and may even experience negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, or self-doubt. However, if we can push through this stage and continue to take action towards our goal, we can enter the fourth stage, informed optimism. This is where we start to see progress and feel a renewed sense of motivation and hope.
It’s important to remember that setbacks and challenges are a normal part of the change process, and that progress is not always linear. To manage the emotional cycle of change, it can be helpful to set realistic goals, anticipate and plan for obstacles, and practice self-compassion and self-care during difficult times.
So next time you experience a setback, remember that it’s not the end of the road, but rather a natural part of the journey towards change.
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