Making changes can be a scary and difficult process, and you might not think you’re ready. But if you are reading this you are already on your way there!
The Stages of Change
Did you know there are actually stages to changes? Change is not something that happens over night, it’s a process. Knowing what stage you are at can be helpful in determining the next step you should take.
At this stage, you are not even aware you want to make a change. It is in your subconscious and has not been acknowledged as something you want to take action on.
When you are in the contemplation stage, you start to weigh the pros and cons as to whether or not you want to make the change.
You begin the steps for making a change. If the change you are making is health and fitness related, this might mean buying a gym membership, a pair of running shoes or purchasing a workout program.
You start to make the change! Your change may not be a routine yet but you are starting to make it!
At this stage, your actions have become habits! You are continually working to maintain your efforts.
Relapse is probably the most important stage of change that people don’t realize. It is completely natural to “fall off the wagon” no matter what stage you are at. Relapse is important because the next time you go through the process of these changes, you won’t do the exact same thing. You will incorporate the parts that worked for you, and change the parts that didn’t work so well. Change is all about learning.
When you feel like you can’t find the motivation to get to the next step, seek out what works for you. Different triggers push people to the next stage of change – maybe it’s an Instagram photo, a blog post, or hearing some bad news from your doctor. The most important thing to consider is what is going to make you happy! Really think about it and then go from there.
While making changes, don’t be afraid of failure. Failure/relapsing is completely natural! The most important thing is to pick yourself back up, learn from the process and do it again.