Quick fix vs. the long-term solution

A friend of mine has recently gone on a diet.   I forget the name of it but it sounded similar to the Atkins diet - high in protein and low in carbohydrates.  The diet came from a book and, a few weeks in, they have lost weight and are delighted with the results.  However, my question is, will it last?

If you are overweight, it can only be for one or more of the following reasons:

  • You eat too much
  • You have a poor diet and eat too much of the ‘wrong’ things
  • You do not get enough exercise

Unless you have a medical condition that causes you to be overweight, the only long-term solution is to eat less, improve your diet and exercise more.  So why is it that very few of the ‘quick fix’ diet books say this?  The answer is that addressing the root causes of a problem is never as easy or as appealing as tackling the symptoms.

The same is true of everything in life.  So if you want to lead a more effective team, exercise more influence within your organisation or improve your performance in any other way, ignore all the ‘quick fix’ management books that exist and measure your desire to change against these simple rules:

  • Are you dissatisfied with what is happening now?
  • Do you have a vision of what is possible?
  • Do you have the strength to overcome the perceived challenges of changing?
  • Are there people you can turn to for help and support when you need it?
If the answer to all four questions is ‘yes’ you have an excellent chance of achieving your goal.


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