One tool to use: The five stages of permanent change


Public Education Coordinator, Dr. Nancy Goldov was quoted in the article below, originally appearing in the Seattle Times. Article by Christine Clarridge: or 206-464-8983 or on Twitter @c_clarridge

A landmark research study identifies distinct stages in the process of changing one’s life. Here they are, with a bit of explanation from a Seattle expert.

Before making big changes, it’s good to understand that there are five stages involved in preparing for permanent change, according to Seattle psychologist Nancy Goldov, who references a landmark study of what’s called The Transtheoretical Model of Change.

Stage One, the study indicates, is the “Precontemplation Stage.”

“In this stage, we don’t quite know what the problem is that needs our attention,” said Goldov, who also serves as public-education coordinator for the Washington State Psychological Association. “Is it that we need to lose weight or need to select more comfortable clothes, or is it a problem having to do with our harshness toward ourselves and how to find ways to be kinder?”

In Stage Two, the “Contemplation Stage,” we acknowledge there is a problem and begin to think about possible solutions.

“I Encourage adoption of the 80/20 rule for maintaining resolutions, which means to accept that I will be able to maintain my resolutions about 80 percent of the time, and so I am not disappointed when I am living in the 20 percent zone and I accept the fact that I am human and not perfect.”

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