Sarah Boyd


The 9 most powerful questions to get perspective in a difficult situation

How To Re-Program Your Mind For Authentic Transformation

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One of the most frustrating situations is when you are trying to implement change, and its just not working.

You push harder, spend more time on it, become stricter, almost domineering towards yourself and others.

Then you become angry and if you don’t interrupt this process, disillusioned.

Sarah Boyd

Whether the situation is self induced change (something that you would like to have happen), or change that has been placed upon you through a situation (something that you have to adjust to and cope with), managing frustration points are critical to not loosing it & breaking yourself and everyone else in the process.



Our brain – the thing that ultimately controls our thoughts, emotions and decision making – HATES change.

It craves certainty. It likes everything staying the same, with everything in its rightful place.

This is often why we self-sabotage our own efforts to make change.

Because if we’re not careful we bombard our psychology with newness & our brain decides it can’t cope & shuts down.

Slow change is much more likelihood of long lasting change.



You can see this phenomenon with mountain climbers.

When individuals are climbing to high altitudes, the changes in atmospheric pressure cause such high stress on the individuals body, that it can often cause illness.

Once their body adjusts to the environment through a process of acclimatisation, they are then able to function at much higher levels than previously before.

The major cause of altitude illness is trying to go too high too fast.

So mountain climbers actually spend several days adjusting to the new altitude before they continue to climb higher to adjust to the next new altitude.

They could just try to go straight up, but their body would shut it down.

Your brain will always win.

Slow change is much more likelihood of long lasting change.



The same is true when you’re trying to loose weight.

We all hate the plateaus – when you are doing everything right but your weight just stays the same.

This is usually when we give up and stop trying. Because despite our good intentioned efforts, our brain has actually shut the process of weight loss down until it can adjust.

Experts say that having plateaus in a weight loss journey are critical to long term weight loss. This is because your brain is actually adjusting to your new set point.

Without these breaks for your brain to adjust to your new normal, it is very likely that your will end up putting all the weight back on.

Slow change is much more likelihood of long lasting change.



What’s your adjustment point?

In your leadership…

In your business…

In your life…

Maybe there are areas that you are trying to induce change that have just stopped moving.

Or maybe you have been through a whirlwind of changing situations that have happened too you (you didn’t choose).

Have you allowed time & space for your brain to adjust to the new normal?

Or are you doing what we all often do – just beating yourself up, getting further caught up in a negative emotional spiral & then giving up on the change.


These times of slow growth (or even a standstill) are positive and critical to building the type of life & leadership that you want.

Allowing time & space for adjustment is a critical part of long term change. As we get better at embracing them, we will actually get better at embracing meaningful change in our life.

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The 9 most powerful questions to get perspective in a difficult situation.