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If only it were that easy. How do we begin to shape our behavior so that what we say we want and what we do are more closely aligned?

This post is full of resources that can help. Let’s learn about the behavior change process, evaluate the pros and cons of the change we’re considering, and assess our readiness.

Stages of Change

First, just a little background to get us started … In the late 1970s, Prochaska and DiClemente developed the transtheoretical model of behavior change. “The stages of change are like a map that helps us identify where we are in the journey of change,” wrote Prochaska and Prochaska in Changing to Thrive. The stages are:

  1. Precontemplation – not ready, not intending to take action in the next six months
  2. Contemplation – getting ready, intending to take action in the next six months
  3. Preparation – ready, ready to take action in the next thirty days
  4. Action – have made the behavior change but for less than six months
  5. Maintenance – doing the new healthy behavior for more than six months

This 5-minute video explains the model well.

Try This

Use these tools to determine if you’re ready to make progress even if you’ve tried everything.

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I’m Karen Clark Salinas, and it’s my mission to help women live their full purpose (work + family) without sacrificing wellbeing. I want to be the coach I wish I’d had when I was a working mom. Someone to help me get unstuck and live my life more intentionally. Marriage, motherhood, chronic illness, divorce, remarriage, and caring for aging loved ones contribute significantly to my story. I know for sure that, with my support, you can pursue your professional dreams while raising a happy and healthy family.

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