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Empowering Change Beyond Facts and Logic

When it comes to making changes in our lives, it's not always easy. We may have the best intentions, but often struggle to follow through.

One common approach to helping others make changes is to present them with facts, arguments, and logic that support the need for change. However, this approach can often make people defensive and uncomfortable.

Motivational interviewing offers a different approach. It places the responsibility for change with the person who wants to make the change.

As a mentor, coach, or manager, you can support this process by asking open-ended questions such as:

  • Why do you want to make this change?

  • What are some of the reasons you think this change would be beneficial?

  • How might you go about making this change?

  • What are three reasons why you think this change is important?

As you listen to the person's responses, try to summarize what you've heard to show that you understand and are actively listening. Then, wrap up the conversation by asking, "So, what do you think you will do?"

This puts the responsibility for action back on the person and helps them feel empowered to take steps towards making the change they want to see. By approaching change in this way, you can help create a more supportive and effective environment for personal growth and development.


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