"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."-Eleanor Roosevelt
Happy New Year and greetings from Paris, France! Well, it’s the time of the year when everyone is super excited or extremely afraid to make something that will last anywhere from one day to one lifetime.. A resolution! What most people neglect to realize is that just like the city of Rome and the Eiffel Towel here is Paris, it wasn't built over night.
When I was in graduate school, I studied the Trans-Theoretical Model of Change and its relation to activity modification. The model is based on six stages of change that everyone goes through when deciding to begin or end a certain activity from starting to go to the gym to stopping the biting of their nails.
The first stage is the Pre-contemplation Phase where you are simply thinking about making a change in your activity but it’s not really the first thought on your mind. Most people begin here with a voluminous amount of ideas that never come to fruition.
The second stage is the Contemplation Phase where you are actively thinking about making a change in your activity but you’re not ready to make any physical movements towards achieving that vision. This phase shows that you are at least honest with yourself about what you're ready to do and not to do when it comes to a new task.
The third stage is the Preparation Phase where you are starting to plan the methods by which you will begin or end a certain activity and have taken physical actions to get ready to make this vision a reality. This stage is hard because you are motivated to make a change but sometimes figuring the barriers to why you haven't started can discourage your progress.
The fourth stage is the Action Phase where you are physical doing the behavior modification activity you wanted to begin. It's not perfect but you are trying to be consistent in your behavior and are learning how to be successful in making your task become a part of your daily or weekly routine.
The fifth stage is the Maintenance Phase where you have found your method of constancy and are actively performing your new behavior in a manor that is now a part of your daily or weekly routine.
These five phases are the same phases you will need to follow in order to start or end any behavior or activity in 2017. Be More Today is founded on the fact that it's easy to start or wanna start something that will enhance your life and benefit you physically, mentally, spiritually, or emotionally but the hardest part for most people is the Maintenance Phase. How will you maintain the resolutions you made for 2017?
Be More Today is our way to help inspire you to maintain for goals, maintain your resolutions, and maintain your drive to be the person you keep saying you want to be in 2017. Stop dwelling on the past and what you used to do. Stop reminiscing on the times when you used to look a certain way or used to weigh a certain weight. Let's make 2017 the year when we say we are living our best lives right now; that there's no other time in our lifeline that we'd rather be than the present.
Your task is simple: Determine what goal(s) you want to set for 2017, assess which stage you are in from the five stages described above for each goal, and determine what barriers or pathways you have to cross to progress from the pre- contemplation to the maintenance phase.
"A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Be More "Resolute" in 2017! I look forward to hearing about your success.
Sean A Thomas, PT, DPT
President, Be More Today