The road to change

The road to change

Where are we now - Where do we want to be - How do we get there

This is probably the mother of all models, you have probably seen it in a million different forms and for many of you this will be completely obsolety, but I still use this structure on a delay basis. Either to quickly assess my current situation and steps I need to take to get out of a situation (often even without writing it down, just running it through my head) or in a more elaborate structure where I will use days if not weeks to assess the current situation, decide on the desired future situation and plan for the road ahead.

To fill out the model in a larger group of people, I will often use one of the tools and exercises I often use, like the Hot air balloon or a simple 1-2-4-all.



Analysing your current situation, visualising your desired situation and planning how to get there.

Road to change elements

The model has 3 elements:

The 3 road to change elements

Where are you now

This can have multiple forms. It can be a quick assessment of where you are right now. It can be an inventory of all tools, procedures or gear you have. It can be an extensive analysis of the situation you are in. But it can also be: I’m bitten by a snake, how do I feel, where am I.

Where do you want to be

The second step is defining where you want to be. This, again be as simple as listing what gear you would like to have (compared to the list you would have in “where you are now”), it can be what stamina or physical condition you want to be in (compared to your state in the first step) or -in the case of the snake bite – I need to be in a hospital as soon as possible.

How do you get there?

And finally – often the most difficult step: what do I need to do to bridge the gap between where I am now and where I want to be. Usually this takes most time and will require you to chop up the things you need to do in bite-size chunks. E.g. if you have a dad-bod and want to run a sub-4-hour marathon, it will take you several weeks if not months of training steps. Imagine the same for transforming your team, becoming more disciplined, etc.

In case of a snake bite (so I learned), there are two key options: either be able to walk to the nearest hospital (or get to a car or other transportation) as soon as possible and -if that is not possible- hit the ‘alarm’ button on your phone, personal locator beacon or satellite phone to get professional help as soon as possible.

Again, this structure is not rocket science. But just being able to sit down for a moment and reflect on where you are now, where you want to be and how to get there, sometimes is already half the job done.

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