Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Idea Of The Day - Preparation Stage of the Transtheoretical Model

The third stage of the Transtheoretical Model of change is preparation. The person or group is finally moving to the positive side of their ambivalence and asks, "If I were to make this change, how could I do it?"

As this point, the person or group is looking for options and wants to weigh the pros and cons of each option for change available. There are many roads to Rome and many ways to skin a cat as they say, and during preparation the individual or group is making plans for their trip, for their journey.

Preparation requires information, resources, and support. There should be a cautious attitude about not rushing to a quick choice. There is no silver bullet or magic key. What works for one person or group may not work for another. Each strategy should be customized for the unique individual or group. This is not to say that the experience of others who have made a successful change attempt can't be informative and inspiring. Often the examples of others brings increased knowledge, skill, and confidence. Learning from others can be a key component of preparation but copying exactly rarely works and sets people up for failure. The key is using the ideas from others but making them one's own in planning the application.

For more information about the preparation stage of change click here.

The is article #4 in a series on the Transtheoretical Model

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