Maintain…

….keep going….

Maintain

So after much thought and process and ongoing Action from someone who has changed their previous
behavior into a brand new one, Maintenance becomes the next stage for that person to assess,
review and to manage the ongoing current status quo.

 

While management of the new behavior has some very positive consequences (examples…Weight loss, increased fitness self esteem – it is interesting to note for some maintenance can just last between six months and five years. (Janis and Mann,19770. It then becomes a decision for the person trying to maintain the new behavior change to assess whether the change has became the new ‘Them/Me” This has been examined throughout the journey of the change process covered extensively and practiced by the transtheoretical Model, Prochaska, J.O., Redding 2002. If a balance is to be achieved, and then maintained whereby the individual feels that the new behavior is like a second skin to them, they then need to decide that the previous behaviors are not worth a second thought..

The involvement of this new skin (new me) to remain in place has been discussed by Bandura, 1977,1982 and how self-efficacy reflects a persons confidence an efficiency to continue in the same footsteps and on the same pathway with the new behavior when triggered by temptations. (eg  unhealthy decisions, unhealthy food options, lack of motivation to exercise) In a high risk situation the persons lack of confirmed self change may be challenged. This can result in a relapse situation, back to the originally unhealthy behavior. This could be momentarily or for a longer period, however the resolve to try ‘change’ again can be fortified as a result that the person has been there and  felt the new change and had became inspired by it……….

Maintain, maintain, maintain and reap the rewards of the new improved you.

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…….Action Stations…Here we go…..

…a great start….

Here we Go, Here we Go, Here we go, and we’re off………

Action is the next exciting stage that will define what and where we travel to from here.

If its change you want, then its change you’ll get. The use of the change model by Prochaska and DiClemente, 1992 is used by professionals around the world, to invoke a clear and delineated gradient traveling from Pre-contemplation… to where we have progressed to “Action“, now.

Following the Contemplation stage, ‘Action’ is one of the biggest stages of Change used in order to test the waters and trial a new behavior. When people modify their behavior and move through to the action stage there has been a shift or growth in attitude shifting away from the bad behavior.

Action stage is just one of the stages- So at this level a person is prepared to give new challenges a go. It may mean that individuals will also modify other areas to overcome or to improve their current problem. Lets take a person who has weight gain for example, and what this may require from someone at the action stage.

  • Modifying their behavior

This requires commitment and time to action change. If it is an increase in exercise that the person needs, they need to find suitable time and a place to exercise on an ongoing basis. It may also mean that the person actively needs to seek out some support to keep them on track. Like the use of a gym for inclement weather, and healthy food alternatives.

  • Modifying their experiences

The person trialing their new action, needs to be mindful of how their past experiences have molded their bad behavior, and try and steer clear of these while changes takes hold.

  • Modifying their environment

Consider alternative options when your action is implemented, as the same old routine or environment (ie cake shops, movies,) and sedentary places filled with no exercise and lack of healthy food options only fuel the status quo.

‘Action’ stage is a highly visible stage that is recognizable to oneself and others, so for re-enforcement of healthy weight loss and exercise, continue sticking to the regime. This may include some encouragement from close friends and family at this time. Walking the walk and talking the talk also helps to  stay on track. Keep positive about your future steps and allow other people to join in and celebrate with the new you.

How to keep the “Action” stage favorable and part of your life.

  • Keep researching interesting information to remind yourself of the benefits of change. Seek out up to date information which will likely keep you on track, and go on-find something qwerky to keep you interactive.
  • Address problems as they arise and seek out solutions, so you can keep on top of the issues.
  • No excuses. Dont keep coming up with reasons to fail.
  • Access relief alternatives in preparation for stressful times-be prepped.
  • Avoid stimulus from friends and bad influences-steer clear.
  • Improve your environment for future change.
  • Continue to seek support for yourself
  • Reward yourself when you reach attained small goals…. and finally
  • WELL DONE….. Keep the end goal in mind

 

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