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The rubber band principle

December 6th, 2011

by: Kelly Barnes

A majority of my talks, workshops and keynotes are focused on developing successful habits, thought processes, attitudes, goals, game plans… Simply put, I help people get from where they are to where they want to be. To help with this I teach the rubber band principle. Once a rubber band has been stretched, it can never go back to its original size. It has been fundamentally changed. People are the same.

In theory it is easy to understand. Just by trying a new item on a menu, implementing a new workout or diet routine, reading a new book or joining a new organization; you have changed yourself even if in the smallest of ways. The challenge is that it seems the only people who like change are wet babies. We don’t want to interrupt our daily routine no matter how happy or, in most cases, unhappy we are. The best advice I can offer someone who is not willing to stretch themselves is this:

Saying NO to trying new things is saying NO to growing.

Saying NO to growing is saying NO to becoming more.

Saying NO to becoming more is saying YES to becoming less.

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Idowu Emmanuel wrote...

Thank you for sharing this on your site Kelly

April 23, 2016 @ 2:42 am

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