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Serious personal changes go deeper than a proclaimed New Year's resolution at midnight. Many people wake up the next morning and run full speed ahead at the goal they set for themselves, only to run out of steam several months later. Longer lasting and deliberate changes comes in fairly predictable stages that can last from weeks to months, and even years. We will take a look at these 6 stages of behavior change, as described by Queensland Health, and explore the topics a little more.
This stage is the most common place to start. The main characteristics of this stage includes:
The second stage in changing behaviors is the contemplative stage. This stage is more thoughtful and includes:
The third stage of change is usually a turning point for a person. All the preparatory thinking has been done and action is beginning to take place:
The fourth stage is one that is more visible than any others. Characteristics include:
The fifth stage is a stage that many find is easier to accomplish. It includes:
This is the last stage and the last step in changing an attitude or behaviors. The main things that this stage includes are:
These stages are pretty concrete and can occur in a predictable and linear pattern. As stated previously, however, it depends on the person on how long each stage takes. The end result is sure to produce a healthier and more involved person.