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The Stages of Change

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The Elements of Change

In order to succeed, you need to understand the three most important elements in changing a behavior:

  • Readiness to change - Do you have the resources and knowledge to successfully make a lasting change?

  • Barriers to change - Is there anything preventing you from changing?

  • Expect relapse - What might trigger a return to a former behavior?

One of the best-known approaches to change is known as the "Stages of Change" model, which was introduced in the late 1970's by researchers James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente who were studying ways to help people quit smoking. The Stages of Change Model has been found to be an effective aid in understanding how people go through a change in behavior.

In this model, change occurs gradually and relapses are an inevitable part of the process of making a lifelong change. People are often unwilling or resistant to change during the early stages, but eventually develop a proactive and committed approach to changing a behavior.

Read more about each step of the stages of change model by following the link below.

Next: Stage 1 - Precontemplation

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