The Truth About Transformation

What it really takes to help people change their minds

Have you ever changed your mind about something? I have changed my mind more about things in the last few years than I would have ever dreamed possible.

More than Knowing

For example, when I started working at an industrial job, I had the idea that a person should not miss work for anything—even when you're sick. So for more than six years straight, I never missed a day of work because of illness. Did I get sick during that time? Yes. But I just strapped on my boots and said, "No matter, I'm going to work."

That line of thinking started to spill over into how I viewed other people. I had friends at the company who, every month or two, got sick and missed a day of work. I became convinced they had poor values, and that they were either uncommitted, lazy, or just wimpy. I knew that everyone has times when they don't feel well, but I truly believed that if a person was committed enough, he or she could still make it to work.

But then I started to change my mind.

Why? Over time, I got some information from my "wimpy" friends that helped me understand why they struggled to make it to work when certain health conditions were a problem. The information helped me to empathize with them. Still, down deep, I was doubtful that they really needed to be off work as much as they were.

But then something really caused me to change my mind: I got a chronic illness. I—the guy who thought anyone who would let illness interrupt everyday life was just wimpy—became chronically sick. And I stayed chronically sick. Low and behold, it did interrupt my everyday life. It did make work and normal activity impossible at times. That's when I got it. I changed my mind.

So, what does it take to change your ...

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