On track with your New Year's resolution?
Published: January 13, 2020 by Ali Ulrich
Are you still on track with your New Year's resolution?
With the New Year upon us we hear all about New Year’s resolutions. Do you want to lose weight? Get in shape? Read more? Get up earlier? Deal with a drinking problem? We are all looking to improve and change ourselves in one way or another. This tends to be very challenging. What starts as a simple idea turns into a difficult task to knuckle down, requiring commitment. According to a study by Forbes, “Less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them.” There are different ways we can accomplish this goal and make it stick, but first we need to be aware of where we are in the stages of change.
There are five stages of change that apply to every person looking to make a change.
The first stage of change is what we refer to as Pre-Contemplation. This is the very beginning stage where the person might not even know they need to change or want to change. The person has no desire to change or doesn’t think they need to change. For an addict this may look something like, “I do not have a problem” or “my drinking isn’t that bad.”
The second stage of change is Contemplation. Contemplation is the first step to recognizing you may want to make a change, maybe…. This is as simple as, “I want to work out but……” or “I keep getting DUIs I might have a drinking problem.” This person realizes they should make a change but isn’t so sure they want to commit, or maybe they don’t know what steps to take to make that change. But most importantly, they are starting to consider the idea of change.
The third stage of change is Preparation. This is an exciting step because you realize you have something you want to change, and you want to do something about it. For example, someone who wants to meditate more decides, “I can wake up a half an hour early and meditate before getting ready for the day.”
The fourth stage is Action. The action stage has two steps, an early and a late stage. The early stage will look something like “I am setting my alarm to wake up a half hour early to meditate in the morning.” The late stage of this action step is actually waking up the half hour early and meditating before getting ready for the day and sticking with it.
The final step is Maintenance. Maintenance is one of the most important steps. This step ensures that you stick with your plan of action for long lasting change. You have put procedures in place to ensure that you are making progress on a day to day basis. For example, having a reoccurring alarm so you do not have to remember to set it every night, going to sleep earlier so you can wake up on time, or planning ahead for the morning so you aren’t rushing and skipping the meditation process.
We are all capable of change, we just have to take the first step. Being disciplined is a great advantage for making a change in your life. It is not always an easy commitment, but it can be done. Being aware of where you are in the beginning stages can greatly help you achieve success.
Are you ready for a change?
Ask yourself these questions to determine if you are ready:
Is there anything in my life I need to change?
Why would I want to make this change?
How might I go about making this change?
What are three best reasons to change?
How important is it for you to change?
What do you think you will do?
Need help or guidance?
Contact us at Unison Health at 419.214.HOPE (4673)