Making lifestyle changes isn’t accomplished by forcing yourself to want it enough; it’s achieved by being honest about which stage you’re at in terms of being ready to make a change.
According to the Transtheoretical model, there are five stages of change, each of which can help you better understand your willingness – or unwillingness – to change.
- In the first stage, precontemplation, individuals have no intention of changing their behavior and may not even be aware that they should be.
- The second stage, contemplation, is when an individual understands a behavior needs to change but still isn’t committed to do anything about it.
- In the third stage, preparation, individuals are ready to change and are planning how they’ll make it happen.
- The fourth stage, action, is when individuals actually change their behavior and form new, healthier habits.
- The final stage, maintenance, is the best stage to be in; these individuals have successfully made lifestyle changes and are in it for the long run.
Which stage of change are you in?