Unfortunately the most powerful catalysts for change involve the realization that something is not going well or working in a person’s life. It can often involve the painful realization that we are not living the life we would like and that it is time to do something about it. The actual catalyst for the change process may be something as simple as a milestone such as a birthday or the time of year that tradition dictates we should commit to getting better – New Year’s. Alternatively, it could be something more dramatic such as a friend becoming ill or dying or the some very grim results from your annual health check-up. For some people however, the catalyst for change maybe more positive and aspirational. Something happens that inspires a person to change their lifestyle for the better. This person is motivated by a true intrinsic desire to grow, explore, and strive to live life to the fullest. Over time, people who experience a positive catalyst for change are likely to be more successful than those who are motivated more by the fear or guilt of a life less fulfilled. For these people, the key to long-term success is shifting their motive for change from negative to positive; from being unhappy with who they currently are to being inspired by who they are about to become.