LIST-Living Your Values Well-being

Making change happen

Change rarely happens in a neatly staged or organised way. Making changes to address unhelpful habits or to develop more useful patterns of behaviour requires focus, effort and repetition. Below is a basic map to help ‘track change’.

I don’t know or want to know. You don’t see a problem or need to change. Others efforts to convince you of a need for change are generally ineffective.

I’m thinking about it. You see that there’s a problem you want to get some control over, you’re evaluating the pros and cons. Others hear you talking about problem/s and options.

I want to, I’m getting ready. You are ready to change and make things happen. Others help through encouragement and strengthening your motivation.

I’m doing it. You’re taking active steps to modify your behaviour and/or environment: in your own unique way. Others can help by noticing positive changes.

I’m staying on track. Change has been made and maintained for a few months. Although, there are occasional ‘bumps’ in the road, you refuse to be derailed and know what it takes to stay on track.

When seeking to make change, remember that SAFETY is a foundation stone of building a solid base for yourself and the well-being of those close to you.