You are reading this because you have a vested interest in your health and well-being. You are reading this because you are conscious of the choices you make that affect your health daily. You are reading this because you are a friend of mine and are supporting my writing, thank you very much for stopping by! You are here for a reason! We all have transformative moments in our lives. Those moments in time where we make either drastic or small changes because of something that may have happened to a loved one or to us. Sometimes we are “forced” into this space by a health issue or other concern or we may have the “ah ha “ moment when we can actually stop and experience a transformational moment. These moments are what move us forward in our lives. Fluidity and the spirit of change are everything in our time here on earth and why not make the best of it?
The picture you see is the Model of Transformational Behavioral Change. Don’t get hives on me if you are reverting back to sitting in a boring lecture, you’ll be OK, I promise! Have you ever really looked at this? Part of making transformational change is taking the first step! Let’s outline the steps of change below!
Well, the first one, if it counts as the first stage is pre-contemplation or doing nothing/not thinking. Please refer to my first sentence. MOVING ON.
Next, is contemplation/thinking. This beginning stage is the “ah ha”, the start of it all, your WHY. Why do you want to change, for what, or whom and when? What is your why that drives you? The thinking process is when you start getting your mind around preparing for action. See that? What a segue!!!
Step two, preparation. After the thinking, this is the “how”, what are you going to do to make this change? We prepare things every day, dinner, lunches, when we shower, this is the same thing, only it’s all about YOU and what you want in the end.
Next up, action/making change. This is the actual doing part, after you think and prepare, this is where the rubber meets the road, or your sneakers. Action could be one of the hardest steps, because you have stopped talking about it and you’re just doing it. Why is it one of the hardest? Accountability, period.
After action comes, maintenance. This step or phase has all sorts of awesome variables that can de-rail our action steps. Plateaus, negative people (aka haters), injuries, and life can all get in the way here. This stage is also the mind game. This struggle is real. You’re head can get away from you, here is where you must remember you’re WHY (from the thinking stage) and you must get back to basics. Because of the variables listed above we can sometimes slip into the next stage, the relapse stage or what I like to call the “you’re human, don’t be so hard on yourself, but remember your WHY” stage. Look, life happens to us all. I always say, everyone you meet will have a story that will break your heart. Sometimes we fall. Failure is part of the journey. I can’t stress this enough to clients. Relapse is part of the journey, and it should never be shamed or put in a negative context. This is a major part of why people STAY in the relapse stage. Acknowledging the relapse and why it occurred is critical. Do that and remember our WHY, start over., reset button That simple. It’s a circle, not a straight line!!
Finally, the last stage or stable/improved lifestyle. You have arrived and made a positive transformative change that has improved your general health and well-being. Stable. Interesting choice of words, as I feel is anything in life really stable? How boring would life be?
So I ask you, what is your ah-moment? What is your WHY? How will your journey impact others? That is the ultimate key to paying it forward in our health and wellness journeys. Real experience, real truths and real struggles about our journeys. And remember, it ends at the beginning! There will be a test, joking, or am I?
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