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How Ready Am I For Change?

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

Everything around us is in constant change. Change is all around us: The seasons; birth, life and death; in our bodies; and in our family and friends. The challenge at times is that we know we must evolve through positive change but are not fully conscious of how ready we are before we start the journey. This blog will cover the six stages of change to help better understand where we stand and to better prepare us of the journey ahead.

"Change is inevitable. Change is constant." - Benjamin Disraeli

The Transtheoretical Model of Change provides insight into the stages we pass through when we attempt to change our behaviour. The below six stages provides the insights we need to take positive action towards change. Your Wellness Coach will bring awareness to where you may lie on the below scale and work with you to transition onto the next stage.

Stage 1: Precontemplation

This is the stage where we may feel that we don't want to change, don't need to change, or that change is not even possible. This could be due to lack of knowledge or consciousness of the benefits of change, such as eating habits or exercise.

What it may sound like:

"I feel fine health-wise.”, “My weight has always been around that number."

Stage 2: Contemplation

At this stage we are aware of the pros of making the change, but we are also aware of the cons and challenges which this endeavour will bring forth. The idea of getting out of our comfort-zone tempts us to stay where we are.

What it may sound like:

"I know I need to lose weight for my health, but I enjoy junk food.”, "Going out for a smoke is the only time I get alone time."

Stage 3: Preparation

Now we intend on taking action soon – typically within the next month. For example, starting a gym membership, researching the topic regularly and talking to friends and mentors. We are still analyzing the pros and cons.

What it may sound like:

“I need to understand how to best arrange my schedule to make it to the gym regularly", "I need to talk to my spouse about what support I may need if I go for this promotion."

Stage 4: Action

Now our plan is in full effect, actions are underway, and a new pattern of behaviours are forming. We are feeling the early benefits and more importantly the positive momentum created by this endeavour.

What this may sound like:

“I am going to the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays every week, and I have increased my vegetable intake”, "I had that hard conversation with my spouse and it turned out great, I feel more confident in my relationship."

Stage 5: Maintenance

At this stage, we have a new pattern of behaviour and it has been sustained for a reasonable amount of time. The behavioural patters is now a habit, meaning that we do not have to negotiate with ourselves anymore to take the required action. It is now part of our lifestyle.

What it may sound like:

“I am confident I can make healthy eating choices at home, work, or when I go out.”, "I no longer feel anxious about challenges that may come up at work as I believe in my abilities to work with my team to work the problem."

Stage 6: Relapse

A relapse is a form of regression to an earlier stage. This is absolutely part of the journey and should not be seen as failure but as chance to show one's resolve to positive change. These set backs will only make us stronger for future possible relapses.

What this may sound like:

“I was out the other night and started smoking. I’ve continued since.”, "It's been 2 weeks since I got back from vacation and I haven't been to the gym."

If you are curious about learning more about which stage of change you are currently in, reach out to us and for our 15 minute FREE consultation session.

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