Change comes from within

Change comes from within

By using appreciative inquiry, use positive emotions and leverage the strengths we already have, we can impact ourselves as well as others will to change.

Per, Strength stairs

My view is that all change comes from within. If you need a change to strengthen your health in a sustainable way, it is your own will that makes it feasible. This is exactly how it should be, that it is the individual’s will to change that sets mountains.

So, how can both you and I influence your desire to change into an even better variant of you? We at Strength stairs use two tools, in short:

Tool 1. We ask questions in another way than others

We ask questions in a different way and work with things that work instead of what cause a fuzz. Instead of looking for problems, we search for working things and work with that.

Tool 2. We follow strong principles and a simple process

By relating to fem strong principles (Constructionist, Simultaneity, Poetic, Expectation and Positivity) for change, a bit academic perhaps and to show the connection between the method and research:

What is constructionist principle?

You create your own faith with questions inspiring to new ideas, visions and stories.

What is simultaneity principle?

You create a new direction with curiosity, positive and strengthening questions to oneself.

What is poetic principle?

You use a vocabulary that create emotions, images, concepts and a deeper understanding leading to a creation of positive and optimistic visions of the future to inspire and wake the best in us

What is expectation principle?

The positive images and visions we create impact what we do now.

What is positivity principle?

To give strength, we ask positive questions that strengthen the positive core, this provides sustainable change.

On top of the principle we follow and lead you through a process based on the four Ds (hence the process is named 4D)

  1. Discover

    Identify and appreciate what works. You probably have several strengths that you can find if you think about it properly.

  2. Dream

    Think what can happen. Ask yourself what your ideal self would be like if you were to be a little visionary.

  3. Design

    Create routines and structure that use your strengths and your vision of the ideal self as leverage.

  4. Destiny

    Get started with the routines and structure you have created.

Test a couple of positive changes yourself

For a week, scratch a little on the surface of both the principles and process of appreciative inquiry:

  • Replace all “but” with “and”. Then you give a softer, nicer and more reasonable message and you lead the conversation in a positive direction.
  • Do the discovery step in the process, reflect on what your strengths are, write them down on a piece of paper and show yourself appreciation for it.

What do you think was best with this simple test? Please comment below!

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Per Olsson

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