The Stages of Change – Making a Successful Change

By | January 12, 2013

The Stages of Change – Making a Successful Change

health benefitsToday we are going to share some more details on the Stages of Change. So yesterday I provided you with my story as I began to transform from an overweight young woman to a young woman who was in shape.  It didn’t happen overnight and it wasn’t about motivation. I went through the stages of change.  Today I will go over the stages of change here and hopefully, it will help you see where you are and how you can create successful change.

The Stages of Change ( or Prochaska and Diclemente’s stages of change)

  • Stage One

    Pre-Contemplation – in this stage individuals are aware of the health benefits of physical activity and are thinking about a change, however, they are not convinced.  For success, it is vital to make people more aware of the positive consequences of action.  Emphasize the benefits & help them overcome the roadblocks.

  • Stage Two

    Contemplation – Individuals are now aware of their lack of activity & are willing to acknowledge that they need to make a change.  At this stage, it is important to support the good intentions by re-emphasizing the health benefits and help them find ways to move into action.

  • Stage Three

    Preparation – This is the most important stage!  The planning stage is where individuals evaluate past experience, determine methods of becoming more active and develop an action plan.  Taking the time to create a good plan that meets the needs of the individual.  This is the stage where people want to rush from idea to action with no plan for success.  A coach is a great resource for starting off correctly.

  • Stage Four

    Action – Time to get started and get moving.  This can be the most difficult stage, getting started with a new program.  Once the individual gets started in the new activity on a regular basis it becomes a part of the new lifestyle change.  Remember to have fun at this stage.

  • Stage Five

    Maintenance – at this stage, the plan has been implemented, it takes time to become a new behavior.  There is always the chance or risk of dropping out of the nethe stages of changew behavior.  Be sure to keep your plan exciting, fun, and with variety.  Here is where goal setting, clarity of purpose and your WHY along with Rewarding your WINS will keep you on Track.

Going through the stages of change rarely follows a linear path from Stage one to Stage Five.

Many individuals get stuck in the early stages especially Stage Two.  In the stages of change model, there can be relapses.  Often when an individual is struggling with weight reduction, or exercise.

It is important to realize these things so one doesn’t get discouraged or demoralized with the relapse.  Learning from these relapses can be a powerful learning experience to fully move toward a success in the goal.

Like I said in yesterdays post when I learned the stages of change it helped me understand the process of change.

It helped me feel better about my successes and what appeared to be failures.  In fact, they were not failures they were simply a chance to reassess my goals and continue on the journey of change.

Let me know if this info has value for you on your own journey in the stages of change.  Looking forward to reading your comments below.  If I can help be sure to let me know that as well.

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Let me know if this info has value for you on your own journey in the stages of change.

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The Stages of Change - Making a Successful Change
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The Stages of Change - Making a Successful Change
Today I will go over the stages of change here and hopefully it will help you see where you are and how you can create successful change
Wendy Bottrell

7 thoughts on “The Stages of Change – Making a Successful Change

  1. The Great Gordino

    Hi Wendy,
    I love these 5 stages of change!
    Also important that they include relapse, because so many people view a relapse as the end of the road, when in fact it's part of the process.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Thanks for connecting and commenting Gordon. Yes relapse is an important part of the process for success.

  2. Liz

    Very interesting. I know about this from work in behavioral health, but I never thought to apply it to my willingness (or lack there of) to exercise. You gave me a lot to think about!

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Great. Thanks for connecting and sharing your insight. Let me know if I can help

  3. Wendy Bottrell Post author

    Thanks for the feedback Cheryl! Definitely change is not a linear process. Thanks for connecting.


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