Making Changes

If you are looking to make some positive changes in your life, I strongly recommend the Prochaska model, developed by James O. Prochaska, PhD. 

This is a six-stage program which breaks it down into steps, beginning with the:

  • Pre-Contemplation Stage.  At this point, you could be still in denial, resisting any type of change, not really seeing the need for change.
  • Contemplation Stage.  Here you are giving some thought to change, but you might be “on the fence”, not sure, evaluating the pros and cons.
  • Preparation Stage.  You have made the decision to change and now you are getting ready, putting your plan together.
  • Action Stage.  This is when you start to move forward and make the change.
  • Maintenance and Relapse Prevention.  This is a stage many forget about.  You may have a relapse and go back to old behaviors, old habits, but you have to pick yourself up and get back on your plan!  It’s about keeping strong.  Don’t beat yourself up over it—it happens to us all.
  • Termination Stage.  This is when the change has become so much a part of your life that you are totally comfortable with it and you will keep moving forward.

This program works so well, because it really outlines the stages we all go through.  It helps to know where you are at and what the next step is.  Many never get off first base—they stay stuck in Pre-Contemplation.  As a coach, I’m trained to help you move forward, by asking powerful questions, by helping you identify what strengths you can put to use, by offering support and encouragement, and helping you with accountability.