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Commitment Consistency and the Hobgoblins of the Mind

Commitment Consistency and the Hobgoblins of the Mind

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Published by Kat Zapanta
I came across a very interesting topic recently which has caused a dramatic shift in my approach to habit and the term “consistency”.

In Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini, consistency is written of as an attribute highly sought after because it is “associated with personal and intellectual strength.” (60)
I came across a very interesting topic recently which has caused a dramatic shift in my approach to habit and the term “consistency”.

In Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini, consistency is written of as an attribute highly sought after because it is “associated with personal and intellectual strength.” (60)

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Commitment, Consistency and the Hobgoblins of the Mind
Commitment, Consistency and the Hobgoblins of the Mind
I came across a very interesting topic recently which has caused a dramatic shift in my approach tohabit and the term “consistency”.In
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
by Robert B. Cialdini,consistency is written of as an attribute highly sought after because itis “associated with personal and intellectual strength.” (60)Cialdini writes, “Like the other weapons of influence, this one lies deepwithin us, directing our actions with quiet power. It is, quite simply, our nearly obsessive desire to be (and to appear) consistent with what wehave already done.” (57)The key factor in all this is that
we are all very consistent.
The question however stands on whether we are consistent ondecisions that are serving our goals or whether they are based on liesto ourself and rationalizations that what we are doing is right for us.Cialdini further writes, “once we have made a choice or taken a stand,we will encounter personal and interpersonal pressures to behaveconsistently with that commitment.” (57)Sometimes, we make decisions that seem easier and allow us to continue our day-to-day taskswithout having to ‘think.“Indeed, we all fool ourselves from time to time in order to keep our thoughts and beliefsconsistent with what we have already done or decided.” (Cialdini, 59)
“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.” Leonardo Da Vinci 
I really had to ask myself, “what decisions have I made, that I may not have even been aware of,that I have become heavily consistent in – only because it seemed logical to be consistent?”It wasn’t easy to realize some of the answers I had to this question!I urge you to ask yourselfWhat are some commitments that you have made and have become very consistent in –especially regarding decisions that have not served you in reaching your goals, dreams anddesires?
Commitment & Consistency
Cialdini attributes most commitments that stick to be most effective in lasting change when they
 
are made due to an
inner choice.“It appears that commitments are most effective in changing a person’s self-imageand future behaviour when they are active, public and effortful.” (Cialdini, 92)
Many successful speakers, authors and trainers attribute success to a decision…That life can change in a moment based on a single decision – and the result of that decision maytake a little time to appear, but nevertheless, the change was made in the moment of thatpowerful decision.The decisions we make everyday – day-to-day, and the ones we may have made months or yearsbefore, continue to direct our lives. Our decisions become habitual because they become ingrainedbeliefs deep within us and we become very comfortable living a certain way – even if we aremiserable in the process.This was a huge breakthrough for me – when I realized that although I was unhappy, I had createdthe habits, daily thoughts and actions in my life all of my own free will. And then I had to make thescariest decision of all – to change everything. And it really only began with an inner journey – that’s all a decision is initially but what happens isour life begins to change dramatically, outwardly.
” A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
We all have to face our choices at one point or another in our lives – and sometimes the answers
 
are not good. It’s easier to just put off facing those answers, but Cialdini urges you to ask yourself:“Knowing what you know now, if you could go back in time, would you make the same choice?”(110)This can be applied to all decisions – small or large in our life because as it happens eachcommitment we make can drastically affect our lives if those decisions lead to consistent beliefs.Leave me your comments below, I would love to know your thoughts!
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