In the Switch metaphor of change, directing the rider and motivating the elephant addresses our rational and emotional responses to change. Shaping the path addresses the context or environment that either enables or constrains change. Shaping the path is a powerful way to change behavior, and changes in the path can produce residual effects on what the rider thinks and how the elephant feels.
Building habits is one of the tactics we can use to shape the path. The example I give in this brief video clip is my desire to write a book, one of the critical moves I’ve scripted that is necessary for me to arrive at the destination on my postcard, a transformed career. Writing something everyday is a critical habit for anyone that is serious about writing a book. That habit will continue to elude me until I take action to change some things in my work environment. I can’t write at home, and I don’t write at work, so I need to find an entirely different place to escape to for a few hours a day if I want to build this habit.
Please take a few short minutes to watch the video. After watching the video, please share your thoughts in the comment section below!