The Process of How You Change

Timing is everything when looking to change.

Timing is everything when looking to change.

This quote from Proschaska, Norcross and DiClemente’s book “Changing For Good” speaks words to what the process of change looks like for individuals – it is all based upon timing. In their book, the authors explain a six-stage change process that allows individuals to overcome bad habits. Krista even wrote a blog on these 6 stages (precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and termination) while she was reading the book, “How Do Humans change.” But even if you know the different stages you must go through to change, how do you know what to do during these stages to help you continue to change your behaviors and move onto the next stage?

Proschaska et. al. wrote about 9 typical processes that happen during the stages, allowing an individual to fully make the changes in life. Now these processes are not techniques that you would use, but rather the typical known and unknown activities that individuals use in order to progress through the stages and make effective changes in their life.  “The processes are the independent variables that people need to apply, or be engaged in, to move from stage to stage.”

Below I have included each of the 9 processes and examples of what each process looks like, almost like your next commitment to changing your bad habit.

process fo change

If you are thinking about making some changes in your life but haven’t fully committed to change, take a look at these processes to see what you will need to expect out of yourself so you are able to increase your success rate, your motivation and your commitment to change. If you have already taken the steps to change, think about each of the 9 processes and see if you recognize some of them in your process of change.

Click on the link if you would like to read Krista’s blog  “How Do Humans change,”outlining the 6 stages of change.

As you have read, the book stresses having a helping relationship as a main process of change. Helping relationships can be supportive friends or family, but helping relationships can also include professionals. If you’d like a partner in making change, give us a call at Life Skills Resource Group Orlando at 407-355-7378! Risa Bos would be happy to help you give up alcohol, stop smoking, or other Orlando addictions counseling. Kelli Skorman is a great choice for eating disorders or weight loss. Cindy Fabico offers Orlando life coaching. And all of our Orlando Individual counselors can help you change negative thoughts! It is possible for you to reach your goals to make change! Give us a call to begin your journey!




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