As we get closer to Independence Day, I’ve noticed two kinds of people crossing my path. Those who are contemplating making change, and those who are taking action toward change.
Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.”
If that’s the case, it’s time to get moving. That means accelerating your progress through the stages of change:
1) Pre-Contemplation. You may are intending to take action but are unaware that your behavior is the problem.
2) Contemplation. You recognize the problem and start to debate the pros and cons of your actions.
3) Preparation. You intend to take action soon. You may even begin small steps.
4) Action. The process of making the specific changes required to create your new life begins.
5) Maintenance. Sustain your efforts for at least six months. You will likely achieve a life-long transformation.
6) Termination. You have zero temptation and are sure you will not return to your old unhealthy habits.
Winston Churchill said something else –
“For myself, I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.”
Keep that in mind as you speed forward.