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The Emotional Cycle of Change: How to Best Move Through “The Valley of Despair” and Towards Success

May 5, 2022

If you are ready to have a plan in place for when reaching your goals becomes challenging (and they will) this will help you stay the course.

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“Change is uncomfortable. It’s helpful to understand the process we go through emotionally when we are faced with change so we won’t be derailed by it.” 

– Excerpt from The 12 Week Year –

Today we’re diving into the five emotions we all experience when implementing change. They’re what makes up the EMOC (emotional cycle of change), and they go like this:

⭐ Uninformed Optimism

⭐ Informed Pessimism

⭐ The Valley of Despair

⭐ Informed Optimism

⭐ Success

The third experience, known as the Valley of Despair, is our main focus during this mini podcast episode. Because I would argue that if you’re aware that this feeling will occur when making shifts in your own life, then you’ll be more likely to stick with it and see the new habit, skill, or change through to the end. 

So if you’re ready to have a plan in place for when things get challenging (and they will!) then pop in those ear buds and let’s get motivated to stay the course together.

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