• Robin Williams, MS, BCBA

Making Behavior Change S.I.M.P.L.E.- Tip 5

Updated: Feb 3

We are 2 weeks into 2020 and a few of you are still trying to accomplish those goals that you set forth for this new decade.

I have been sharing my tips with you to help you make behavior change s.i.m.p.l.e in the new year, and sustainable for the rest of your life. The principles of Applied Behavior Analysis can work for your life and I want to help you see how.

So far we have learned how to:

Start with the vision,

Implement with integrity,

Measure your progress, and

Plan for failure

Tip 5 is to: Link up with those you want to be like!

GET. A. MENTOR.

The importance of behavioral models can often be underestimated. When we want to teach children new skills often there is a very specific and often detailed process while ensuring we model the desired behaviors we hope to see them achieve. The same applies for adults. As you review your goals for 2020, think of individuals in your circle and more importantly outside of your circle that you want to link up with. I am honored to have some amazing mentors, two of which have become friends over the years.

While in grad school in Tallahassee, FL I was honored to get to know from afar an amazing brilliant and intriguing woman, Karen Peters, who has an entrepreneurial spirit like no other. I made it a point to approach her, get to know her on a deeper level while here in Orlando and asked her to be my mentor. I wanted to learn from her how she planned, stayed motivated and inspired and managed all that while being a wife and mom of 3 boys. She continues to be a guide for me and shares her insights with me on my business ventures regularly.

Another mentor of mine is Dr. Lauren Josephs. I met Lauren around 2007 and after partnering with her agency, Visionary Vanguard Group, Inc. to produce an amazing summit for teen girls in 2010, I asked her to be my mentor. I saw in her that she had a spirit of collective unity and a vision like no other. Lauren is also a wife, mom and business owner who has been a tremendous support and guide for me. I appreciate the nuggets of wisdom she openly shares with me and the critical feedback as well during our regular lunch dates.

When I set my goals, whether they be related to fitness, finance, or family I always seek to find those who emulate where I want to be. Then I make it a point to LINK UP!

Who are you going to link up with? Who will your mentor be?

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