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If only it were that easy. How do we begin to shape our behavior so that what we say we want and what we do are more closely aligned?
This post is full of resources that can help. Let’s learn about the behavior change process, evaluate the pros and cons of the change we’re considering, and assess our readiness.
Stages of Change
First, just a little background to get us started … In the late 1970s, Prochaska and DiClemente developed the transtheoretical model of behavior change. “The stages of change are like a map that helps us identify where we are in the journey of change,” wrote Prochaska and Prochaska in Changing to Thrive. The stages are:
- Precontemplation – not ready, not intending to take action in the next six months
- Contemplation – getting ready, intending to take action in the next six months
- Preparation – ready, ready to take action in the next thirty days
- Action – have made the behavior change but for less than six months
- Maintenance – doing the new healthy behavior for more than six months
This 5-minute video explains the model well.