Main reasons for backsliding:
-Not enough time to build a habit
-Not enough of an emotionally compelling reason to stay the course (alignment to higher ideas, desire for benefit, avoidance of pain)
-The pain of change is WORSE than the pain of not changing
-When things get busy or difficult, we let go of anything NEW or not related to SURVIVAL
This problem is amplified when a coach just parachutes in and delivers messaging, strategies and tactics, but can’t help the team habitualize them.
How to avoid backsliding
- All coaching engagements must include measurement and follow up, just like a good doctor. I need to know if you’re taking the medicine
- All commitments must include personalized WHY
- Hand off accountability to a nested coach or lead if you won’t be there to follow up and track
- Make failure OK – make mastery a path, not a destination. Let people revise their targets without letting themselves off the hook
- Create accountability pairs
- Use creeds and agreements
- Pre-arrange what the team will DO if they catch themselves falling off of a practice
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