Your Challenge Today:
If you really want to do it, get busy!
If you really want to do it,
you do it.
There are no excuses.
This is true, when you are ready and you really wan to do something, you find a way! This goes back to the readiness and commitment that we have been talking about for a few days now. When all the pieces come together and I am ready to do something, I do it. I get into action and begin.
The stages of readiness states that
motivation for change exists along a continuum of readiness.
People progress through stages of change
in a spiral, change is not linear.
- Pre-Contemplation – is a place where you are not aware that a change needs to take place. A person is generally unaware, resistant, argumentative, in denial of a need to change. One is unmotivated and disinterested.
- Contemplation – is a place where you are somewhat ambivalent about making any changes.
- Preparation – is a place where you shift from thinking about change to taking small steps to change.
- Action – is the stage where you are actively involved in making the changes that you seek.
- Maintenance – is the stage when you are actively reaching your SMART GOALS and loving the results!
When we are able to move into action, we have bypassed the need for excuses. When we can identify the value for change and the dream becomes bigger than the excuses, we will realize the success that we are after. It really doesn’t matter what the goal is ~ we need to identify with the value of having achieved the goal and we will find the motivation to realize it.
This is very true on all levels. I have a confession, I used to smoke cigarettes, ugh. I know, gross, right? It was a long time ago and only for a few years. However, I kept telling myself (a) I liked smoking and didn’t want to quit — this was the Pre-Contemplative stage, not wanting to make a change, no need for a change. (b) I couldn’t quit as long as other people around me were smoking, too difficult. But, it was obviously on my mind and I knew deep down it was not a good, healthy habit. This was the Contemplative stage, where I was ambivalent and making excuses.
Then one fateful day, I went into the Health Club that I belonged to for an exercise class and we always started the class by taking a resting heart rate, just to see where we are coming into the class so we could monitor our pulse throughout the workout. That day I noticed my heart rate was significantly higher (after having had a cigarette) than on other days when I had not recently smoked. That made me realize just how potentially damaging smoking could be on one’s body and I really felt I had to quit, this was taking me into the Preparation stage. Next, I decided to try Accupuncture as a method to help me quit and I found an OMD to help me with this treatment, this was clearly the Action stage. I thought about it for awhile (preparation) before I was able to say — that’s it — I have to quit and I found a way to succeed (action). Prior to that moment, I made lots of excuses and so it is with whatever change we are resisting.
And, now I can happily report that I am and have been in Maintenance stage for many, many years!!
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