It was Archimedes who said, “give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” This might be apocryphal, I don’t know. But it’s had me thinking about a phrase: “levers of change.”
A lever is defined as something that “amplifies an input force to provide a greater output force.” The question I’ve been asking myself is this: What compels a person to change more frequently and at a faster rate? What amplifies and agitates someone’s desire to change? Below are a few ideas.
I don’t think any one of these is “better” or “more effective” than any other. It depends on the person involved, where they are in their life, and to a certain extent, their past.
For some people, fear, pain and the threat of danger are the only levers that create change. For others, curiosity, understanding and vicarious learning are more potent.
While it may be hard to determine which levers work for others, it’s both easier and more profitable to figure out which levers work for you. If you figure out what compels you to change for the better, you can use that knowledge to create near perpetual improvement.