It’s all about alignment

People only really commit to pursuing a goal when they can see a significant benefit of their personal investment. The type of investment a person makes will be contextual but, generally, committing to a goal requires a perceived benefit that is valued at twice that of any perceived cost.

Invest time to create time

For most of us, life is busy. Getting everything done on time is a constant challenge, especially when juggling competing demands.

In schools, this pressure seems to accumulate throughout the year and reaches a crescendo when many demands fall at the same time, resulting in levels of stress and anxiety that make our jobs even more difficult.

Replacing old habits with new behaviours

Many of us look to change our behaviours through setting goals: losing weight, getting fit, reading more.

Setting goals is a great start to developing new and more desirable behaviours, but committing to actions that will achieve them can be a little more challenging. The more we procrastinate, the harder it becomes, and we revert to the same old habits that result in precisely the behaviours we sought to address by setting our goals. Research indicates we only do what we say we will do 50 per cent of the time.

People are creatures of habit

Habits are formed when we practise behaviours repetitively over time and they become routine. We carry out many of these routines subconsciously.

Take driving a car, for example. As learner drivers, we can be overwhelmed by the complexity of skills needed to drive; but as we become more experienced, we use many of those skills subconsciously.