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Research: Your Reasons for Change Make all the Difference

process of changeWhat leads to happiness and well-being during the process of change?

According to research, your underlying reasons – the why of change – is what makes all the difference.

For a moment, forget your preoccupation with how to change and focus on the reasons why you want to change your life.

Research from the University of Pennsylvania suggests that well-being throughout any life transition is greater if you have better reasons for wanting to change.

Top Three Insights from the Research

1. People who make changes because they want a better future are better off than people who want to change to escape the past.

2. People who are motivated to change because of their inner desires are better off than people who want to change because of external circumstances (like someone else requiring it).

3. There may be an additional advantage if the change you want includes interpersonal growth – better interactions with others – as opposed to purely individual goals.

Imagine: when you have all the right reasons for wanting to make significant changes in your life, the strategy for change – or the how to change issue – is simply a matter of course.

You just need a reasonable personal development plan and to follow it. The real power to change comes from your inner motivation.

With the right reasons in place, you are more likely to enjoy the process and much less likely to sabotage it.

Discover Healthy Reasons to Change for Yourself

You already have the right reasons. You want to be happy. You want to be healthy. You want good things, do you not?

The problem is you may also be attached to inner passivity. Inner passivity is the tendency to render yourself powerless (passive) to the outside world, or even to the voice of your inner critic.

When you experience life passively, you feel forced. You feel helpless. You feel hopeless, as if you cannot imagine that you will ever get what you want.

With inner passivity, there is no way to enjoy the process of change because you do not feel in charge of the process.

If you can implement the above three points into your process of change, you will undoubtedly empower yourself toward greater success.

If you cannot implement the above points consistently, then consider watching our free AHA Solution video.

You absolutely can let go of inner passivity and take charge of your life. It is a simple matter of confronting your inner passivity and letting it go.

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Research: Your Reasons for Change Make all the Difference

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.

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APA Reference
Bundrant, M. (2013). Research: Your Reasons for Change Make all the Difference. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 25, 2019, from


Last updated: 7 Jun 2013
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 7 Jun 2013
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