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Ready For Change? Part 2

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After writing yesterday’s post, I signed into one of my wellness classes to find that the lesson was about recognizing the stages of behavioral change.

Since this is a wellness class, the focus is on helping people change behavior in order to improve their health.

This change could be eliminating a bad habit like smoking, or adopting healthy self care habits, such as making better food choices or exercise.

But these stages of change could really apply to any area of our lives.

If you’re in the process of any type of positive change, understanding how we go through change can help make it lasting.

Knowing where you’re at in the process can show you where you’ve been and where you need to go.

So Here They Are…

…the 5 Stages of Transtheorectical Model of Behavior Change – now doesn’t that mouthful make me sound right smart and all?

1.   Pre Contemplation– if you’re in this stage you’re not even thinking about making a change.  You’re sitting on your butt accepting things as they are.

2.  Contemplation –in this stage people become of their desire to want to change, but are ambivalent about it as they weigh the pros and cons.  Some may spend years in this stage before moving on, while others never leave this stage.

They may view the change as giving something up rather than gaining something positive.

3.  Preparation – this is where the person believes the pros outweigh the cons and takes small steps toward making a larger life change.

4.  Action – here is the beginning of the actual behavior change.  Reinforcement and support are important in achieving the goal.  This is also the stage where relapse is most likely to occur.

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution only to quit after a few weeks?

That’s because not enough time and thought went into the previous stages of change – you just jumped into action.

5.  Maintenance – if you have successfully attained and maintained your new behavior for at least six months you are in this stage.  Relapse is still possible – but give yourself some grace and get back to it.

Thanks for letting me share this with you – writing it out helped me to remember the assignment!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  ~ Philippians 4:13

Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.

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