By Janine Fitzgerald | February 22, 2012
The majority of
us at some point have embarked on a journey to alter some part of ourselves or
our lives. Perhaps we’ve decided to
engage in more physical activity, stop smoking, start eating more fruits and
vegetables, or save more money.
Typically, these things don’t occur overnight. They require time and some work. And they usually go through a five stage
process called the Transtheoretical
Model of Change, or TTM. It’s
sometimes called the “readiness-to-change” model and allows people to reevaluate
their assumptions about the best ways to support themselves in achieving their
goals. By identifying which stage you
are in, (and you might be in different stages for different goals) you will
know what actions to take in order to move forward.
1. Precontemplation: I’m not ready now.
In this stage, you may feel hopeless from past failed attempts or believe
that it will require too much work. But
by educating yourself on negative consequences of not changing and working on
getting a better sense of confidence and self-worth, you can move forward.
2. Contemplation: Maybe soon-I’m thinking about it.
this stage, you may have difficulty balancing competing priorities or feel that
you don’t have the proper things in place in order to support your change. At this point, it is important to connect
with the reasons for wanting to make a change and be inspired by success
stories or role models.
4. Preparation: I’m ready and taking small steps.
may hold you back in this stage is not having the proper skills or knowledge,
or not asking for support from others.
You might not know where to turn to for information. What will move you forward is doing research
and having a coach or mentor. Write down
on a calendar the specific action you will take and tell friends and family
what change you are going to make.
So far what stage
or stages do you see yourself? There are
still two very important stages remaining.
To find out more information on the proper steps to take in order to
make your goals a success, call me at the number below. Together, as a team, we will make it happen!