Stages Of Change: Understanding Change Can Help Move You Toward Your Goals

June 13, 2018

Stages Of Change: Understanding Change Can Help Move You Toward Your Goals

We are all affected by change at some stage in our life. Change is the one thing in life that is predictable - there will always be changes and nothing ever stays the same. In psychology, we often talk about the six stages of change and try to identify what stage our clients are in when they are considering making some form of adjustment to their life. Once we know what stage someone is in, this information can help us to understand what needs to be focused on to assist them in progressing toward their desired goal. 


Here are the six stages:

1. Precontemplation - no intention of making a change.

2. Contemplation - aware a problem exists, however, no current commitment to action. 

3. Preparation - intention to take action. 

4. Action - active modification of behaviour.

5. Maintenance - sustained behaviour replaces old behaviour.

6. Relapse - fall back into old patterns of behaviour. 


These stages can be simplified even further to:

1. Not worried.

2. Thinking.

3. Trying.

4. Doing.

5. Sticking to it.

6. Ooops. Learning.


When you think about a big life goal that you would like to achieve, what stage do you think you're in?


You may also enjoy reading the hero's journey - inspiration for change or you may be interested in some help in changing career

Professional counselling offers many life-enhancing benefits. Exploring your thoughts with an independent expert allows you to develop new possibilities. When we are busy, stressed or overwhelmed, it can be challenging to make good choices. I am happy to discuss your needs before starting the therapy process, just email or phone (contact details provided in the link through). 


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in BLOG

The Importance Of Saying Thank You
The Importance Of Saying Thank You

October 01, 2018

Thank you is the current conventional expression of gratitude. When someone offers us their seat on a bus, we might acknowledge their generosity with a 'thank you.' When we ask a friend to help us with some information, we say 'thank you' for their assistance and to acknowledge we have received the information they provided us. 

Continue Reading

Understanding Rumination: What It Is And How To Stop It
Understanding Rumination: What It Is And How To Stop It

September 04, 2018

One thing that's bound to cause stress and anxiety is overthinking or what is known as rumination. Rumination occurs when we repeatedly think about events from our past, or when we dwell on difficulties or things that have caused us stress, or...

Continue Reading

beating procrastination and how to succeed
Steps To Success, Or How To Beat Procrastination

August 07, 2018

Procrastination can be defined as follows, "to voluntarily delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay." It doesn't sound too good, so why do we do it?

Continue Reading