7 Proven Ways To Overcome Inertia And Inspire Change

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Inertia, the resistance to change, is crucial for both personal and professional growth. Whether it’s starting a new project, adopting a healthier lifestyle, or leading a change initiative, the initial push can feel daunting.


The solution-focused approach offers a practical and positive way to overcome inertia and inspire action to get things moving.


Here’s how you can apply this approach effectively:

1. Define the Desired Outcome and Visualise Success

Begin by clearly defining what you want to achieve. Instead of focusing on the obstacles, visualize the desired outcome. Ask yourself, “What does success look like?” 


Spend a few minutes each day imagining yourself achieving your goal. See yourself overcoming obstacles and enjoying the benefits of your efforts. This mental rehearsal can increase motivation and make the goal feel more attainable.


2. Identify Small, Achievable Steps

One of the core principles of the solution-focused approach is breaking down the goal into small, manageable steps.

These tiny actions may seem insignificant on their own, but they build momentum over time.

For example, if you want to start exercising regularly, begin with a 10-minute walk each day. Celebrate these small victories as they lay the foundation for bigger achievements.


Visualizing success to overcome inertia

3. Focus on What’s Working

Reflect on past successes and identify what strategies worked well. By understanding and leveraging your strengths, you can replicate successful behaviours in new contexts.

Ask yourself, “When have I overcome a similar challenge before?” and “What did I do that worked well?”

This positive reinforcement helps build confidence and a sense of capability.


4. Stay Future-Oriented

When obstacles arise, shift the focus from the problem to the solution. Instead of asking, “Why am I stuck?” ask, “What can I do to move forward?”

This shift in perspective encourages proactive thinking and opens up possibilities for action. It’s about finding what you can do rather than dwelling on what you can’t.



5. Use Language that Empowers

The language you use can significantly impact your mindset. Replace negative or limiting phrases with positive, action-oriented ones.

Instead of saying, “I can’t do this,” say, “I am learning to do this.”

This subtle change can boost your confidence and willingness to take on new challenges.


In our Small Steps To Big Changes Workshops, we equip our participants with the right questions to ask and phrases to use to empower themselves and the team.

6. Seek Support and Accountability

Image of a support group meeting, with members encouraging each other, highlighting the role of support and accountability in achieving personal goals.

Share your goals with supportive friends, family, or colleagues who can encourage you and hold you accountable.

Sometimes, external support can provide the extra push needed to overcome inertia. Regular check-ins and positive reinforcement from others can keep you on track.


7. Celebrate Signs of Progression

Acknowledge and celebrate your progress, no matter how small. Each step forward is a success that brings you closer to your goal. Celebrating these milestones reinforces positive behaviour and builds momentum for continued action.



Give it a try

By applying the solution-focused approach, you can break free from inertia and start making meaningful progress towards your goals. Remember, it’s about focusing on what you can do, taking small steps, and maintaining a positive, solution-oriented mindset. Start today, and watch as those small actions lead to significant change.

Change begins with the small steps that you can take today.

Small Steps To Big Changes is a training program to empower leaders with core competencies grounded in solution-focused approaches. These skills can help leaders lead change, amplify existing success and create forward momentum. We also provide a leaders' journey for 6 months and longer, to get the organisation and teams started.
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Kenneth Kwan, CSP

Kenneth Kwan is an internationally recognized Author, Global Leadership and Motivational Speaker, renowned for his ability to inspire and empower audiences worldwide. With over a decade of experience, he has spoken to leaders from 40 countries, helping transform cultures and shift mindsets within Multi-National Companies (MNCs) and Government Organizations. Kenneth’s expertise in solution-focused thinking and strategic planning has guided numerous businesses toward significant results and high-performance environments. Featured in esteemed media outlets like Channel News Asia and Malaysia's BFM89.9, his insights on leadership and motivation are highly sought after. Kenneth's book, "Small Steps To Big Changes," showcases his profound wisdom and practical strategies, making a lasting impact in lectures and training programs across the region.