Why You are not READY to Change
Deciding you are READY to do anything is ALWAYS the first step. When you are not ready and fully committed to the decision, it usually never happens as you envision. When you are not committed to EVERYTHING it will take to make your transformation a reality, you are not ready to change. Instead, you continue to operate in your negative self-talk and excuses.
Thankfully, you CAN address this issue and go on to be successful. There are stages of readiness that can identify where you are, why you are there and how to proceed through them. These are the five stages we use:
This is the first stage, here you may have no intention of actually changing anything. Maybe the doctor has told you that if you lose some weight it will help the pain in your knee or lower your blood pressure. But you feel fine and can’t see the benefit of following the advice that has been given to you. So you stay at this stage until recognize a change might have to occur.
In this second stage you acknowledge a change needs to happen but you are going back and forth between whether to really change or not. You are not CLEAR on the benefits and the barriers to changing are clouding your judgment. Some stay in this phase for years waiting for the “perfect” moment to make the decision. I hate to burst your bubble; there will never be a PERFECT time! If you remain hesitant, now would be a good time to start exploring your options and educating yourself on the consequences of the decisions you will or will not make.
Here is when we get to the GOOD stuff! In the third stage, the advantages have outweighed the disadvantages and you DECIDE to take the step and commit to change. Now, you are looking into ideas such as nutritional counseling and how to get more active. New recipes you find are inspiring you learn more about what is really important to you.
In the fourth stage you are fully engaged in the process and have implemented small changes successfully into your life. You continue to build upon those changes and create a consistent plan that you enjoy following. Attention must be given to your plan and execution because relapse is most likely to occur the first three to six months of this stage.
In the fifth stage you have effectively incorporated you healthy behaviors into your life for at least six months and seeing results. You are feeling more like the person that you have wanted to be and loving it! You will be more aware of the choices you make and find a way to add moderation in your life in a healthy way.
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